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Bristol Opening Doors

  • Date: 29 April 2013
  • Area: South West
Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic. Credit: Naomi Hocking

A new website, smartphone app and trail map developed by the Architecture Centre allow visitors behind the scenes at some of Bristol's best buildings

Bristol Opening Doors enables residents and visitors to explore some of the diverse buildings featured in the annual Doors Open Day, 365 days of the year.

Instead of waiting for one Saturday in September, architecture and interiors fans can enter a virtual world, making the interiors and stories of key buildings more accessible through a website, app and printed trail, as well as teaching and learning resources.

New showstoppers such as Horizon House (the new Environment Agency offices) and the Bristol Heart Institute are featured alsongside older buildings such as Bristol Old Vic and St James Priory. Bristol Opening Doors includes buildings of varying size, age, and purpose, and with thrilling secrets behind each door - you can see where Pink Floyd played in the 1960s, where gold treasure was discovered in a lift shaft, and where 14 real fig trees grow indoors.

Instead of curating a collection of paintings or sculpture, the Architecture Centre, with the help of community volunteers, decided to use the buildings of Bristol as their 'collection', encouraging residents and visitors to explore and interact with the city's buildings in more depth and in new, digital ways.

Featuring examples from Bristol's most historic to its most contemporary buildings, Bristol Opening Doors presents a true cultural collection for all to learn about, experience, and enjoy.

The Architecture Centre is a National portfolio organisation and this project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund 'Your Heritage' programme with additional support from the Bristol Building's Preservation Trust, Bristol City Council and The Drake Trust.