The Charterhouse, the seven-acre site between Barbican and Farringdon embracing seven centuries of history, is delighted to be participating in this year’s London Festival of Architecture throughout June. On the programme is an exclusive talk by eminent architect Eric Parry RA, and two specialist architectural tours of the Charterhouse estate. Bookings for all these events is open now at www.thecharterhouse.org .
Eric Parry Architects was responsible for the major project which opened the Charterhouse up to the public in January 2017 after centuries of being completely hidden behind high walls. Eric Parry’s approach to ‘Revealing the Charterhouse’, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, was informed by all aspects of its history, and its continued function as an almshouse for elderly people. His talk at 7.00pm on Thursday 13thJune will tie in with the Festival’s theme of ‘Boundaries’, focusing on the intentions for the project, both social and architectural, and where they meet. Eric will use the Charterhouse and other examples to illustrate questions of how to respond to important historic contexts.
Two exclusive Architectural Tours are scheduled for 18th June and 30th June, which will give guided insights into the unique architectural and design history of the estate – including medieval, Tudor and Jacobean buildings, and the more recent renovations and additions, including Eric Parry’s design for the interface between the almshouse and public visits, tours and learning programmes.