COMPETITION NOW CLOSED, Winners are below.

What are London’s best bits of buildings? We want you to scour London’s magnificent townscape in search of the best building ‘elements’ in the city. The best façade, the best corridor, the best door, the best staircase and so on. Why? Because London’s best buildings – like all great architecture – are assemblages formed of elements, that come together to make a functional, inspiring whole.

  • Look at architecture in a fresh way and get involved in our ‘Elements’ photography competition.

  • Post your Elements photos onto our Instagram @openhouselondon

  • Make sure you tag #OHL18, the building, and include the tag for the element you’ve found (see list, right)

  • Foster + Partners – our Elements headline sponsor – will be highlighting their projects across London too – tag them with #fosterandpartnerselements

  • Winners will be announced through the Open House Instagram after the festival, don’t forget to tag us to be in with a chance to feature on our page

Open House will be offering prizes to the best photograph posted on Instagram for each of the 13 elements and we will also be giving away a prize for the best photo of the competition, judges to be announced soon!  Follow us on InstagramTwitter and Facebook

Elements and their hashtag:

Ceiling #openhouseceiling

Floor #openhousefloor

Façade #openhousefacade

Roof #openhouseroof

Corridor #openhousecorridor

Door #openhousedoor

Window #openhousewindow

Stair #openhousestair

Bathroom #openhousebathroom

Lift #openhouselift

Fireplace #openhousefireplace

Room #openhouseroom

1st Photography Prize

2-night weekend break in partnership with Shakespeare’s England and Exclusively Warwickshire celebrating the film adaptation of Sarah Waters’ best-selling novel THE LITTLE STRANGER out in cinemas 21st September.  The break will be at either Brassknocker Cottage, Binton or Little George, Henley in Arden (prize winner to choose which property). A continental breakfast hamper will be provided and you’ll receive an Afternoon Tea voucher for 2 in Hathaway Tea Rooms, Stratford-Upon-Avon.  The prize is subject to availability and must be booked by the end of 2018 and taken by 30 September 2019, entrants must be over 18 and no transport will be provided to and from the location. The photograph will be published on Open House social media and website. 

Read more about The Little Stranger and our partnership with Pathé and Shakespeare's England below.

 The Little Stranger partners

Individual Element Photography Prize

For each of the elements the winner will receive a copy of Living with Buildings by Iain Sinclair. The book explores the relationship between Health and Architecture, published by Wellcome Collection and Profile Books. #livingwithbuildings. The photograph will be published on Open House social media and website.

Find out more here:

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