Archives and architecture at the RCP: creating a modernist masterpiece

Watch a brand-new video, created for Open House London, with assistant archivist Felix Lancashire as he explores the Royal College of Physicians’ archives to uncover the story of how our most recent home came to be. Featuring rarely seen letters, plans and construction photographs from the architect of our modernist masterpiece, Denys Lasdun, and his architectural firm:

Open House London

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is one of London’s most important and provocative buildings. It is one of only a handful of Grade I listed post-war buildings and a firm favourite at Open House, the annual architecture festival that champions great design for all. 

Open House London, the world’s largest architectural showcase begins with a weekend of events on 19 - 20 September and runs until 27 September. Over 800 buildings across London will offer events to the public across the festival – all free.

The event gives the public a unique opportunity to explore and learn about how the city is developing, and discover how great design – in architecture, urban design, planning and infrastructure – can transform the lives of everyday people for the better.

Gail Chapman ,
Public programmes officer

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