Open House Dublin
Open House Dublin is the biggest celebration of architecture in Ireland presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation. Open House Dublin 2013 will take place from 4th to 6th October 2013. Over one weekend, almost 100 buildings of all types and periods will open up their doors to allow citizens and visitors to explore the architecture of their city, with special tours by hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts, along with other associated events, completely for free.
As the city is constantly evolving, Open House Dublin allows you to get close to buildings and urban spaces and offer a new perspective. The festival showcases the wealth and breadth of Irish architecture, from the splendour of Georgian Dublin to the breathtaking contemporary spaces and places. The event showcases the most iconic buildings in the city as well as the smallest, most beautiful interventions.
To whet your appetite, here are some buildings, from tiny to titanic, not to be missed in Open House Dublin 2013:
the jewelbox-like Greek Orthodox Church on Arbour Hill; the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland in Clonskeagh; the historic General Post Office on O’Connell Street; the Commissioner of Irish Lights at Dún Laoghaire harbour; the late Victorian Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market Building in Dublin 7; Dublin Port Centre; Donnybrook Bus Garage, designed by Michael Scott in association with the Danish engineer Ove Arup; the newly constructed 14-storey ‘Google Docks’, the tallest commercial building in Dublin and part of Google’s EU HQ campus; and the Etihad Skyline at Croke Park Stadium, 17-storeys high.
The Irish Architecture Foundation, who delivered its first Open House Dublin in 2006, has firmly established the project as Ireland’s largest architectural event with an estimated 30,600 building visits in 2012. Established in 2005, the Irish Architecture Foundation’s role is to be a vibrant and passionate organisation that excites its audiences about the value of architecture.
Open House Dublin is part of Open House Worldwide, a network of currently 19 cities on 3 continents, inviting everyone to explore and understand the value of a well-designed built environment.
Open House Dublin is proudly sponsored by Dublin City Council, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Fáilte Ireland, and Dún Laoghaire County Council.