We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. As a mark of respect, we will be cancelling our programme for the Open House - Riverside Festival. We look forward to welcoming you back to our studio in 2023.



Foster + Partners will be opening the doors to its London studio as part of the 30th anniversary of Open House Festival, London, an annual celebration of the capital’s architecture. 

The weekend will feature a series of interactive exhibitions and workshops for all ages as part of the practice’s annual Riverside Festival to coincide with Open House Festival.  

Hosted across several buildings on the Foster + Partners campus, the festival invites the public to explore the spaces, take part in interactive workshops and gain an insight into the wide range of disciplines and skills that the practice uses to design projects across the globe.  



This year, we will be showcasing recent projects including Battersea Power Station, London; Narbo Via, Narbonne; 270 Park Avenue, New York; Shurayah Island, Red Sea; and La Fabrica, Santiago amongst many more.  


Workshops something for everyone, no matter your age or interest 

Building tension 
Learn how forces of tension and compression work together to keep tall buildings standing. 

Where in the world map 
Match the animals and buildings to the climates of the world they are adapted to, or designed for! 

Designing spaces in VR 
Don a VR headset and design the cities of the future. 

3D spirography with robots
Learn to create mind-boggling patterns with a spirograph and help build our collaborative woven geometric sculpture. 

Paint the city green! 
Our riverside windows are your canvas.

DIY neighbourhood 
What makes an ideal neighbourhood? Make your own folded paper buildings to add to our big neighbourhood model. 

Birdlife escape  
Try and identify the birdsong. A quiet place to rest and listen to birdlife. 

Origami is the art of paper folding. Make your own with our modelshop team. 

Buzzscape game 
The buzzscape game involves guiding a metal loop along a serpentine length of wire without touching the loop to the wire. 

Neighbourhood city 
Build your own city including some of Foster + Partners most iconic buildings. Add furniture, trees and people to our collective

Spinning paint wheel 
Bring out your inner artist – spin the wheel and make a splash! 

Face painting 
Come along and get a unique face painting designs to celebrate the riverside festival. 

Bubble art 
Create some exciting bubble art on the terrace. 


British Sign Language Deaf-led tour  

For the first time Foster + Partners has commissioned a British Sign Language deaf-led tour for visitors of all ages interested in architecture, design and the built environment. John Wilson, an experienced deaf-led tour guide across many national museums, will be leading the tour.


Opening times 
This event has been postponed. Please check back for updates. 
Free entry 
No pre-booking necessary, last entry at 4.30pm 
Wheelchair accessible 

Riverside, 22 Hester Road 
London SW11 4AN 


For further details regarding the opening hours of these buildings please visit www.londonopenhouse.org 


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