The Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) has announced highlights of the eighth annual Open House Dublin, which takes place from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October 2013. Over one weekend, 100 great Dublin buildings of all types and periods will open up their doors to allow citizens and visitors explore the architecture of their city, with special tours by hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts, completely for free. Open House Dublin 2013 will feature 100 great buildings, from the obvious to the overlooked. The 2013 programme represents a diversity of buildings and uses, allowing visitors to explore several buildings within a type or to spend their weekend moving around the city, hopping from sports to religion to domestic to government. “This year, we have chosen a selection of 100 of the city’s best, newest and most interesting buildings as a celebration of the diversity of Dublin’s architecture”, said Nathalie Weadick, Director of the Irish Architecture Foundation, which runs Open House Dublin each year.
Here are some buildings, from tiny to titanic, not to be missed in Open House Dublin 2013: the jewelbox-like Greek Orthodox Church on Arbour Hill; the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland in Clonskeagh; the historic General Post Office on O’Connell Street; the Commissioner of Irish Lights at Dún Laoghaire harbour; the late Victorian Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market Building in Dublin 7; Dublin Port Centre; Donnybrook Bus Garage, designed by Michael Scott in association with the Danish engineer Ove Arup; the newly constructed 14-storey ‘Google Docks’, the tallest commercial building in Dublin and part of Google’s EU HQ campus; and the Etihad Skyline at Croke Park Stadium, 17-storeys high.
As well as building tours, Open House Dublin 2013 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 a special “Architrek” event in Dún Laoghaire.
Full Open House Dublin 2013 programme available at www.architecturefoundation.ie in early September.