Open House Dublin is the biggest celebration of architecture in Ireland presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation. Open House Dublin 2014 will take place from 17 to 19 October 2014. Over one weekend, over 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.
Exciting new additions for 2014 include the US Embassy, a modernist icon by architect John M Johansen; the show-stopping Airbnb European Hub designed by Heneghan Peng; the award-winning 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.
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 will be launched this year by Open House Plus, which consists of series of walks, exhibitions and screenings that expand architecture beyond the buildings. Open House Junior also returns with a series of creative an lively events for children and young people.
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 RTE. Supporting the Arts Media Partner: Totally Dublin. 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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