• Sunday , 19 November 2017

Open House Dublin Programme Highlights Announced

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2017 marks the 12th – and biggest ever – Open House Dublin, presented annually by the Irish Architecture Foundation, which takes place from Fri 13 to Sun 15 October 2017.

Open House Dublin is a free annual celebration of the city’s best architecture, when buildings of all types and periods open their doors to allow citizens and visitors to explore. The theme for 2017’s event is The City as a Stage. Dublin and its architecture has been the backdrop to the daily dramas of everyday life for centuries, and this year’s programme explores how its citizens have made their mark on the city and investigates the architects, artisans and thinkers that influenced its design, construction and development, past and present.

There are more tours and events this year than ever before, and some new and exciting additions to this year’s bumper programme include:

- The New Central Bank of Ireland: officially opened earlier this year, Henry J Lyons’ Central Bank of Ireland in Dublin’s Docklands is already receiving awards, having recently won the ‘Universal Design’ category at the RIAI 2017 Irish Architecture Awards;
- Irish Life Centre: designed by one of Ireland’s most important modernist architects, Andy Devane, the Irish Life Centre on Middle Abbey Street was the first major mixed-use development in Dublin City, and has been the HQ of Irish Life since the building’s completion in 1980;
- Vaulted House: GKMP Architects’ concrete wonder of a home in Sandymount is one of the newest in this year’s programme, having been just completed this summer;
- Container House: a pioneering family home made from 11 shipping containers is the first of its kind in Ireland, appropriately situated in Ringsend and designed by LiD Architecture;
- Grand Canal Houseboats: a chance to have a glimpse into houseboat living in Dublin’s Grand Canal Basin as three boat owners open up their small but perfectly formed floating homes.

Open House Dublin 2017 will also feature dlr Red Jetty, a temporary and moveable park bench designed by A2 Architects in collaboration with Alan Meredith Studio and supported by Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown County Council for Creative Ireland – which can be found in a number of parks and public spaces in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown during the summer months – in situ in Marlay Park in October.

As well as building tours, Open House Dublin 2017 will also feature the ever popular Open House Junior: a programme of architecture-themed events developed for younger citizens including design and build workshops and family-friendly ‘archi-treks’, and Open House Plus: ancillary exhibitions, walking tours and other events.

“This year we are excited to present to you the biggest ever line up for Open House Dublin, a weekend that unashamedly celebrates architecture and the people that make this city”, said IAF Director Nathalie Weadick. “We are all actors on The City as a Stage; the architects who design the buildings, the clients who commission them and the participants who use them. When you engage in architecture you actively connect to your life and to your city. It is a truly creative collaboration. Open House Dublin 2017: an unmissable performance.”

The Full Open House Dublin 2017 programme will revealed in mid September 2017.

Most building tours are open on a first-come, first-served basis. A small number of building tours will be available to book on a lottery basis, details in September.

Open House Dublin is presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation and is part of the Open House Worldwide Family. The IAF, who delivered its first Open House Dublin in 2006, has firmly established the project as Ireland’s largest architectural event with an estimated 31,000 building visits in
2016. Established in 2005, the IAF’s role is to be a vibrant and passionate organisation that excites its audiences about the value of architecture.

The Irish Architecture Foundation is funded by the Arts Council, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Office of Public Works. Open House Dublin is partnered with Dublin City Council and the Government Policy on Architecture and supported by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Waterways Ireland, JCDecaux, Totally Dublin, RTE Supporting the Arts and Open House Worldwide. Open House Dublin 2017 is sponsored by Airbnb and Corporate Circle member Hibernia REIT plc.

Open House Dublin 2017 is again collaborating with Peter McVerry Trust by offering all proceeds of the Open House “Text to Donate” button to their cause. To donate, text OHD to 50300. Text costs €4. Peter McVerry Trust will receive a minimum of €3.25. (100% of text cost goes to Peter McVerry Trust across most networks. Some providers apply VAT which means that a minimum of €3.25 goes to the charity). Service provider: LikeCharity. Helpline: 076 6805278.

For media information, contact Annette Nugent via annette@annettenugent.ie or +353.86.6820971.

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