Best Buildings to Visit in Merton for Open House London

As Holden Harper’s architect-director Richard Holden opens his Wimbledon home for this weekend’s Open House London 2017 festival, he rounds up the best buildings to visit in SW19 and beyond.

Coinciding with Merton Arts Festival, this weekend is a great opportunity to explore and find art, design and architectural inspiration in the area.

SW19 Architect's residential conversion on Parkside

9 Parkside Avenue

Richard Holden will be opening up his 1950s family home and garden once again on Sunday afternoon as one of 800+ little-seen spaces throwing open their doors across the capital. Details of the conversion have been influenced by the dramatic natural lighting of Baroque churches and the work of Sir John Soane, as well as drawing on Arts and Crafts theories and Adolf Loos’ ‘Roundplan’ concept, to create a series of interlocking spaces.

To see how Richard has taken influences from the past to inform his present-day home design, he suggests visits to Nicholas Hawksmoor’s St George’s church in Bloomsbury, St Sir Christopher Wren’s St Stephen Walbrook in the City and Sir John Soane’s Museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields – just a few of the iconic inclusions in Open Week London. He’ll also be giving guests a personal tour and discussing all aspects of the conversion. 

Visit: Sunday 17th September

Time: 1pm – 5pm

Address: 9 Parkside Avenue, Wimbledon Village, London SW19 5ES


Best Buildings in Wimbledon for Open House London 2017: Buddhapadipa Temple

Buddhapadipa Temple

This arresting Thai-style Buddhist temple set on 4 acres of land is one of the only two temples of its kind outside Asia. View beautiful mural paintings by Thai artists depicting aspects of the Buddha’s life.

Visit: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September

Time: 10am – 5.30pm

Address: 14 Calonne Road, Wimbledon Parkside, London SW19 5HJ


Best Buildings in Wimbledon for Open House London 2017: Donhead Preparatory School

Donhead Preparatory School

An updated and extended school building with a 150-seat auditorium, light-filled 50-seat chapel and double-height art room. A sensitive juxtaposition of old and new with a contemporary aesthetic by Phillips Tracey Architects.

Visit: Saturday 16th September

Time: 10am – 5pm

Address: 33 Edge Hill, London SW19 4NP


Best Buildings in Wimbledon for Open House London 2017: Cannizaro Studios

Cannizaro Studios

This building set within the grounds of Cannizaro Park holds great history behind it. A converted Victorian potting shed, it now hosts artists’ studios: try to time your visit to coincide with the guided tour of the park at 11.30am on Sunday; otherwise enjoy the exhibition of the current occupants’ works as part of Merton Arts Festival.

Visit: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September

Time: 11am – 5pm

Address: The Old Potting Sheds, Cannizaro Park, London SW19 4UW


Best Buildings in Wimbledon for Open House London 2017: Wimbledon College of Art

New Studios, Wimbledon College of Arts

An exemplar of sustainable building design by Penoyre & Prasad that received both the RIBA London Award and RIBA London Sustainability Award this year, with the highest score received by an educational institution. It provides simple and flexible workspaces for Wimbledon College of Arts students, focusing on clever orientation to make the most of natural light and natural ventilation.

Visit: Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th September

Time: 10am – 5pm

Address: Merton Hall Road, London SW19 3QA

Open House London Weekend 2017 9 Parkside Avenue

9 Parkside will be open to view from 1pm–5pm on Sunday 17th September. Visit Open House London 2017 for more about participating buildings in Merton. 

Whilst you’re in the area, visit some of the Merton Arts Festival houses and studios for a mix of painting, sculpture, ceramics and photography. See the trail map to plan your route.


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