Open House Dublin 2011

Events — By ckenny on September 29, 2011 at 11:19 am

Open House Dublin, Ireland’s annual architecture festival, takes place next weekend, from 7th to the 9th October. For three days, more than 120 public and private buildings all over the city open their doors to visitors, who are free to explore the style and design of their interiors. Tours of the buildings will be given free of charge by architecture professionals and enthusiasts.

The new Gibson Hotel. Photo by Donal Murphy.

The theme of this year’s festival is “The Architecture of Change”, a subject that the organisers hope will reflect the turbulent times that Ireland, and the architecture industry itself, are currently enduring. Dr Sandra O’Connell, the curator of the event, said: ““Our programme examines both the new architecture that emerges from our times of great change and how architecture in itself can be a catalyst for positive change from the small but skilful residential intervention to the urban master plan.”

One of the most interesting events at the festival this year will be a walking tour discussing the “Destruction of Dublin”, the potential of NAMA-owned properties, and an “Urban Check-Up of inner city areas. Other tours will examine recent additions to the Dublin landscape, including newly opened buildings on the Trinity College campus, and refurbished Martello Towers along the Dublin coastline.

Government Buildings, Dublin.

Aspiring young architects of the future will also be well catered for, with an exciting Open House Junior programme for children, teenagers and families. Hands-on construction workshops for kids will take place in the Hugh Lane Gallery, and a furniture design workshop is being organised in the National Museum. Other city tours devised with children in mind will take place in Merrion Square and Trinity College, and families can also download a self-guided city tour from to explore the architecture of the city by LUAS, the city’s tram system.

All events are free, but some require pre-booking: see for a full programme.


Images courtesy of Open House Dublin.

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