Digital Open House London 2020 at the Royal College of Physicians
The Royal College of Physicians is one of London’s most important and provocative modern buildings. Designed by British architect Sir Denys Lasdun, the striking structure is set amongst the 'Nash terraces' of Regent’s Park, and is one of only a very small number of Grade I listed post-war buildings in England. The design was commissioned in 1959 with the doors opening in 1964: making it the Royal College of Physicians' fifth home since its foundation in 1518.
In 1992 Lasdun was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Trustees Medal in recognition of his work at the college, considered to be ‘the best architecture of its time anywhere in the world’.
Follow Dr Barnabas Calder, Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Liverpool and a specialist on Denys Lasdun's designs, on a virtual tour of Royal College of Physicians, followed by an online Q&A. Always a firm Open House favourite, experience this modernist icon in a new light this year with the first ever digital architectural tour of the site.
Join artist Amanda Couch for an online workshop online exploring human-environment binaries through the gut. The interactive session draws on Amanda’s artworks and research into the ancient practice of extispicy – divination using the entrails of the body. Discover more about Amanda’s art and the practice of extispicy, find and share materials in your local environment that resemble our own internal structures, and consider how our guts connect to our external environment.
Watch a brand-new film presented by assistant archivist Felix Lancashire, as he explores the Royal College of Physicians’ archives to uncover the story of how our most recent home came into being. Featuring rarely seen letters, plans and construction photographs from Denys Lasdun and his architectural practice.
All online events are free and must be booked in advance. To find out more and reserve your place, visit the Open House London page on the Royal College of Physicians website at https://history.rcplondon.ac.uk/event/open-house-london?mc_cid=451ae1a6c6&mc_eid=[UNIQID]
Please note: The Royal College of Physicians building is currently closed to the public. There will be no physical access to the site during Open House London weekend.