Are you too the kind of person who, on seeing lights come on at the windows of a beautiful house, stand on tiptoe to steal a glimpse inside? If so, this event is for you. Coming to Turin for the first time, on 10 and 11 June, Open House, a format originating in London (based on a idea of Victoria Thornton’s), is an initiative enabling people to visit private homes, offices, historical buildings and former industrial premises free of charge, once a year. The dream of breaking the (also symbolical) glass separating the outside from the inside and getting a close-up look at the furnishings, personal objects, the lifestyles of people who inhabit curious, architecturally attractive and traditionally inviolable spaces at last comes true.

On this “first edition”, it will be possible to admire private apartments with original designs, art nouveau houses, design hotels and converted industrial facilities: an opportunity for architecture freaks or the simply curious and anyone who loves discovering a city from the inside. A map of the 100 or so places to visit can be used to plot your personal itinerary around chosen quarters, architectural styles and historical periods and inquisitively enjoy the locations, in some of which the designers will be at hand with info and explanations.

And the pearl of the city? TheNumber6, which has been defined “the most beautiful house in the world”, winner of the restoration section of ArchDaily’s Building of the Year competition. Designed by Gruppo Building - Interiors by Boffa Petrone & Partners, the project transformed Palazzo Valperga Galleani into a spectacular residential development with 36 apartments, a fine example of architectural sensibility and innovation. On the two Open House Torino days it will be possible to visit its courtyard and the exquisite piano nobile, with spacious frescoed rooms and works of contemporary art and design.

Must visit.