Interior of Alara House. 

The event invites everyone to understand the value of a well-designed built environment by exploring Lagos, celebrating its architectural growth and the way people interact with their environment. The concept explores Lagos' architectural history and encourages people to think about their environment by seeing the old, the new and what the City can be.

We offer residents, local and International visitors an enriched cultural experience by providing an opportunity to access buildings not normally open to the public and bridge the gap between the physical city and its environment.

Join one of our tours that showcases the outstanding architecture of Lagos for all to experience, completely for free.


Travel through time to sites that evoke a sense of nostalgia and explore the historical importance of buildings. Register to take this tour here.


Travel through buildings bridging designs from the past to those belonging in the present that are important to the day to day lives of Lagosians. Register to take this tour here.


This tour is a concentration of artistic spaces. Discover why Lagos is the cultural melting pot of Nigeria by touring places like Tafawa Balewa Square, Bogobiri House, Freedom Park and Rele Gallery. Register to take this tour here.


How is Lagos becoming a more sustainable city? Visit buildings and spaces that are responding to this question. Register to take this tour here.


This tour features luxury residences and spaces that have infused traditional and international elements in their modernity. Register to take this tour here.


In the midst of a bustling Lagos, visit the spaces that provide peace and spiritual serenity. Register to take this tour here.


Social media enthusiasts and photographers will gather to meander through Lagos Island viewing the urbanscapes and spaces. Register to take this tour here.


29-30 April 2017

 A Resilient City: Lagos at 50

A Resilient City is one that has developed capacities to help absorb future shocks and stresses to its social, economic, and technical systems and infrastructures so as to still be able to maintain essentially the same functions, structures, systems, and identity. Resilience reflects a city's ability to persevere in the face of emergency, to continue its core mission despite daunting challenges.

From the hustle mentality to the ability to keep going despite adversity Lagos can be described as resilient. With over 20 million inhabitants, Lagos is the nation’s biggest urban agglomeration. Its growth rate has overburdened the existing urban management systems and the dwindling economy has slowed down developments. In the face of turbulence, Lagos has been able to survive. There is still more to be done but it is apt that the theme for Open House 2017 is Resilience.

The theme is reflected within the fringe activities and through the 6 tours; History of Resilience, The Renaissance, Resilience of the Arts, Green Response, Visual Resilience and Sacred Sites.


The first ever Open House in Africa took place in Lagos from Friday 29 April to Sunday 1 May 2016. The pre and post event press coverage, over 1500 volunteer applications, positive feedback and the number of buildings that signed on proves the pioneering event was a success. 



See featured buildings and tours.