Back for it’s third year the Open House Belfast Architecture & Engineering festival will take place on 27- 29 October 2017. The Open House festival concept was developed in London in 1992 by Open City, and now rolls out in almost 40 cities annually throughout the world. It’s a major internationally recognised series of festivals, and PLACE are delighted to be programming and delivering the Belfast edition. PLACE have organised the programme into three categories; Buildings, Engineering Projects and Special Events. Some of our favourite buildings are returning to the programme, such as Transport House, The former Belfast Telegraph building and The Strand Arts Centre, while engineering projects will include The Lagan Weir and Tunnel and Translink’s train maintenance and training facility.
Open House Belfast is showcasing some really innovative new developments like Cullingtree Meadows Dementia Care Facility and Ormeau Baths entrepreneurial hub, and have secured access to grand and iconic buildings like The former Bank of Ireland on Royal Avenue and Laganview House. Some architects and designers will invite you into their offices, studios and workshops to see how they work, and our special events will include accessing the heights of the Lanyon building at Queen’s University to see the conservation brick work they are undertaking, and a walk around North Belfast’s ‘Cultural Corridor’.
Whether you are a resident of, or a visitor to Belfast, this is your opportunity to discover the city from new perspectives, hearing directly from the designers and operators involved. From exploring empty and disused spaces to uncovering the wealth of unseen activity that happens daily around us, our programme invites you to relive the past, and see into the future.
PLACE is an independent not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting great architecture, design and planning in Northern Ireland. Their purpose is to create a better place to live, work and play. They work with various types of organisations, institutions and government department across Northern Ireland to encourage high standards of design and engineering, and increase public engagement with their built environment to promote community development and healthier societies.
The 2017 programme is supported by the RSUA.
Programme launches on 29 September 2017 and bookings go live on 20 October 2017. To keep up to date with this year’s programme and to register for your free tours please see openhousebelfast.org / placeni.org.
LOGOS/OHB17 is sponsored by:
PLACE, Open House Worldwide, PERSPECTIVE(media partner one), RSUA, FeildenCleggBradleyStudio, ARUP, ACNI