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 4 to 6 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 40 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.
As well as building tours, Open House Dublin includes Open Space, a dynamic programme of architectural walks, cycling and boat tours which explore the spaces between buildings. For a younger audience, Open House Junior offers an exciting programme of children’s workshops, walks and family events. For those looking to dig a little deeper, the Open Minds programme offers a diverse cross-section of events, lectures and exhibitions responding to local and global topics related to architecture and the built environment.
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 proudly sponsored by Dublin City Council, Government Policy on Architecture Implementation Programme 2009-2015, Fáilte Ireland and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
The Irish Architecture Foundation is funded by The Arts Council, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Office of Public Works and Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland.
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