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The world's largest architecture festival, Open House London, is reopening the UK's capital city. The annual event sees dozens of London boroughs throwing open their buildings for the public to explore. This year is online, but if you think you're done with all things virtual, think again. Kingston University is virtually showcasing the brand-new Town House alongside the Mill Street Building at Knights Park, Dorich House Museum and Stanley Picker Gallery.
In the year that people across the world barely opened their front doors, the phrase ‘open house' is not one that any of us will associate with 2020. But this is the year we explored alternative and imaginative ways to come together.
Watch a specially created film featuring performing arts and fashion students from Kingston School of Art, highlighting the architecture of Town House.
The film invites the viewer to follow dancers and performance artists as they move through the vast building, which reverberates to the sound of opera and violin. The result is an extraordinary celebration of architecture through performance.
Film, drama and fashion students from Kingston School of Art collaborated on the film, which embodies diversity, the spirit of acceptance and rising to face our challenges as one.
Directed by Jason Piper. Produced by Jason Piper, Val Marshall, Alastair Tallon and Sarah Wilden.
As the University's flagship new building, Town House is leading the way and embracing its philosophy of being a space for everyone. We invite you to discover why Town House is the new hub for staff, students, the local community and beyond.
Across the street, you will find the new beating heart of Kingston's artistic and creative community. The refurbished Kingston School of Art's Mill Street extension is showcasing its brand-new workshops and studios – home to the next generation of artists and designers.
In a virtual world you don't have to go far to visit some of Kingston University's creative heritage that lives on within the walls of Dorich House Museum. If you've never visited before, it's time to discover an icon of 20th-century architecture, art and design. You can also explore the university's gallery of contemporary art and design at the Stanley Picker Gallery.
Dorich House Museum is a striking 1930s house, designed by the sculptor and artist Dora Gordine to be her home and studio. The museum now holds the largest collection of her work. It is also an international centre for promoting and supporting women creative practitioners.