It didn’t open to the public as rumoured back in 2009, but that icon of the swinging sixties, the BT Tower, will re-open as a restaurant this year.
You can wear your architectural heart on your sleeve, or wherever else you fancy, thanks to these Architectural Pic-Pins available from the Design Museum Shop.
Stefi Orazi is no stranger to this site and neither will be the architectural icon in her latest print: BT Tower IV.
While other variants on the print have shown the tower at night, in the day and even using glow-in-the-dark ink, this is possibly its glitziest incarnation yet – printed with metallic foil. Stefi has also stated it'll be the last in this series so, if you've previously missed out, we advise snapping up one of the 100 in the edition now.
The print costs £85.
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A while back, we reported that the BT Tower, formerly the Post Office Tower, could be re-opening in the future as a boutique hotel complete with that revolving restaurant. We've heard nothing of that since, but we have some exciting news about the tower for next month – it's open to the public.
Currently used by BT for administration and the occasional publicity shot and party, this icon of the swinging sixties will open its doors as part of Open House London, which takes place over the 18th and 19th September and aims to bring a range of London's architecture to the masses via open days, tours, walks and talks.
You'll need to buy the programme/brochure to get the full listing of venues and events this year, but the BT Tower information has been released as a 'teaser'. A pretty exciting one too – it's not not been open to the public since 1981. That programme is available to pre-order online now for £6.50.
With snow over much of the UK, those dreaming of bright blue skies should take a look at this Modernist London card pack by Stefi Orazi. It's like the Modernist Christmas cards which we featured a couple of years back but with the added novelty of the sun being out!
The set features six of the capital's modern icons: the BT Tower, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Golden Lane Estate, Isokon building along with the K8 Phone box, each illustrated in Stefi Orazi's distinctive style. Envelopes are provided so it's easy to spread a little sunshine.
The pack costs £12
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Cross stitch and mid-sixties architecture seem a slightly unlikely combination but that's what you get with this BT Tower Cross stitch kit from Make Industries. The BT Tower (formerly the Post Office Tower) was built in 1964 and, to craft your very own version, the kit includes a pattern, thread and full instructions.
The woman behind Make Industries, Tina Fox, is a former architect and they also have kits available of a couple more iconic London buildings in the shape of Battersea Power Station and the Lloyds Building. Each kit costs £22.50.
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