Open House Dublin - 17-19 October 2014
Published: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Open House Dublin takes place in Dublin City and Dun Laoghaire from 17-19 October. The full Open House Dublin programme is available on the Irish Architecture Foundation website.
Themed LEARNING FROM BUILDINGS, Open House Dublin 2014 is full of 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), noted “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.”
Specifically on the “LEARNING FROM BUILDINGS” theme, the programme features a number of educational spaces, including an early look inside the eagerly anticipated dlr LexIcon, the official name for the new Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Central Library and Cultural Centre by Carr Cotter Naessens Architects; the stunning new Blackrock Further Education Institute & Blackrock Library by McCullough Mulvin Architects, which merges the sensitive restoration of three protected heritage buildings with a new structure and a complex high-tech specification; and Scoil Mhuire Óg Í in Crumlin by Mary Laheen Architects, where the primary schoolchildren themselves give the tours sand answer any architectural questions.
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.
Merrion Cricket Club by TAKA - Photographer Alice Clancy
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, a series of ancillary exhibitions, walking tours and film screenings about our city’s architecture, housing and more. The Irish Architecture Foundation is supported by the RIAI.
IAF Director Nathalie Weadick talks Minister for the Arts Heather Humphreys through the programme with Dr Christina Casey and Kathleen James-Chakraborty, IAF Chair, on the balcony of Busaras at the launch of Open House Dublin 2014. Photographer Ciana March
Open House Dublin was formally launched on 18 September in the iconic Busáras building designed by Michael Scott by Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Speaking at the launch, Minister Humphreys 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.”