Holden Harper’s Director Richard Holden and his wife SJ Holden recently opened up their home as part of the Open House London architecture festival – the 14th time they’ve participated in the annual event, now celebrating its 25th year.
In under four hours, Richard welcomed more than 270 people through the doors of his 1950s family home and garden, including members of the public and invited guests. Here they found inspiration from the architect and artist partnership that’s resulted in a balanced and tranquil space, flooded with natural light and filled with a lifetime’s collection of art and sculpture.
Richard entertained guests with an informative talk and a personal guided tour of his conversion, sharing ‘before and after’ photos (see below), detailing his design processes and discussing his influences, including the dramatic lighting effects of Baroque churches, the work of Sir John Soane, and interconnecting spaces that pay homage to Adolf Loos’ ‘Roundplan’ concept.
The day was a great success, with plenty of visitors despite the absence of last year’s glorious sunshine. There was lots of praise and positive feedback for the space Richard and his wife have created.
A ‘very special home’ – Karine Torr, Darling magazine
‘Beautiful, calm, serene’ – Helene Arrentz, interior designer
About Open House London
Open House London began in 1992 to promote and open up the capital’s lesser-visited buildings and architecture to the general public. It now showcases more than 800 public and private spaces open for free, with professional architects, homeowners and volunteers on hand to offer tours and answer questions.
Open House is now an international programme that runs in 20 other cities around the world, including New York, Dublin, Tel Aviv, Melbourne, Barcelona, Chicago and Slovenia. The popularity of Open House Weekend has led to a year-round programme of events spanning building, photography and boat tours. Visit the Open House website for more details.