Open House Dublin is the biggest celebration of architecture in Ireland presented by the Irish
Architecture Foundation. Open House Dublin 2014 took place from 17 to 19 October 2014. Over
the weekend, our 109 events allowed citizens and visitors to explore the architecture of their
city, with special tours by hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts, completely for free.
As the city is constantly evolving, Open House Dublin allows you to get close to buildings and urban spaces to offer a new perspective. The festival showcases the wealth and breadth of Irish architecture, buildings of all types and periods opened up their doors 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.
We have had another wonderful year at Open House Dublin, the exciting programme carefully curated by the Irish Architecture Foundation brought thousands of people took to the streets again. And with over 33,000 visits, 2014 has been the most successful Open House Dublin to date! Public response has been immensely positive; our attendees really enjoyed their weekend out and immersed in Dublin’s architecture and the festival has become an annual highlight on Dublin’s cultural calendar.
Exciting new additions in 2014 included the US Embassy, a modernist icon by architect John M Johansen; the show-stopping Airbnb European Hub designed by Heneghan Peng; the awardwinning Airfield House redevelopment by McLoughlin Architects and Solearth; the imposing Convention Centre by renowned architect Kevin Roche and an early look in side the eagerly anticipated Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Central Library and Cultural Centre, the dlr LexIcon.
The event presented work from up-and-coming Irish practices there are Blackrock's Bear Market Coffee Shop by VAV Architects, the Merrion Cricket Pavilion by TAKA Architects and an extension of a 1930s Clontarf home by Architectural Farm.
A new initiative, Open House Plus, launched this year, which consisted of series of walks, exhibitions and screenings that expand architecture beyond the buildings. Open House Junior also returned with a series of creative and lively events for children and young people.
"Great chance for ordinary people to get a look at these wonderful buildings/institutions in our city, One of the best days out in Dublin all year.
"A truly brilliant experience with exceptional volunteers available to engage with the audience. Also the tours were led be people with real expertise and passion.”
Looking very much forward to celebrating our 10th anniversary in 2015!
Open House Dublin is funded by Dublin City Council and Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015. Additional funding by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Failte Ireland. Open House Dublin is supported by JCDecaux and Dublin Festival Season, Media Partners: Totally Dublin, RTE Supporting the Arts, Online Media Partner: Yelp. National Transport
Partner: Irish Rail, Dublin Transport Partner: Luas. 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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