The Irish Architecture Foundation is proud to present Open House Dublin, the biggest celebration of architecture in Ireland. Open House Dublin 2014 will take place from 17th to 19th October 2014. Over one weekend, 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, completely 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 design of our built environment. The event showcases the most iconic buildings in the city as well as the smallest, most beautiful interventions.
Speaking at the festival launch on the rooftop restaurant of Michael Scott's iconic Busáras building, Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said:
“Dublin’s architecture contributes greatly to its character and its beauty. Through Open House Dublin, some of Dublin’s most iconic and interesting buildings throw their doors open to the public, offering a rare glimpse inside their walls. For one weekend, Dubliners and visitors alike can explore the city’s hidden treasures. I am particularly pleased that there is a focus on getting young people involved this year, through Open House Junior.
Initiatives like Open House Dublin, which is supported by my Department, contribute positively to the local economy, and encourage members of the public to get out and about and engage with their city and its architecture. I hope more people than ever before will get involved in Open House Dublin 2014 and sample one of the many free tours, walks and exhibitions on offer.”
Learning From Buildings
With this year's theme being Learning From Buildings, the 2014 festival is brimming with buildings that teach us something: about society at a given time in history, about the people involved in making them, and about the character of our city. Nathalie Weadick, Director of the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF), notes:
“We are focusing on buildings that teach us something about the people involved in making them; the architect, the designer, the planner, the engineer, the builder, and last but not least, the client. Through exposure to these spaces, people learn about their city and its culture, the work of others and crucially, the impact of good design.”
Up-and-coming architects are also featured in this year’s programme, with Blackrock’s Bear Market Coffee Shop by VAV Architects, the new pavillion at Merrion Cricket Club by TAKA Architects, and a renovation and extension of a 1930’s Clontarf home by Architectural Farm all on show.
Open House Junior
As well as building tours, Open House Dublin 2014 will include Open House Junior, a series of creative and lively events to enable young participants to play architect for the weekend, including hands-on architecture workshops in galleries and museums and Open House Plus, made up of ancillary exhibitions, walking tours and film screenings, among other events.
Buildings sure to capture public imagination this year include: the modernist icon that is the US Embassy in Dublin 4, by architect John M Johansen, celebrating its 50th birthday this year; the show-stopping Air BnB European Hub in Dublin’s docklands, designed by Heneghan Peng; and 9/9a Aungier Street, the oldest, most intact domestic structure in Dublin, currently being conserved by MESH Architects with support from Dublin City Council, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Heritage Council and the Irish Georgian Society.
Festival-goers can also explore the award-winning Airfield House redevelopment by McLoughlin Architects and Solearth; the imposing Convention Centre Dublin by renowned Dublin-born architect Kevin Roche, and take an early look inside the eagerly anticipated dlr LexIcon, the official name for the new Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Central Library and Cultural Centre, due to open its doors to the public in Autumn 2014, due to open its doors to the public in October 2014.
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 27,000 building visits in 2013.
Open House Dublin is proudly sponsored by Dublin City Council, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Fáilte Ireland, Government Policy on Architecture Implementation Programme 2009-2015.