2015 marks the 10th edition of OPEN HOUSE DUBLIN, presented annually by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF), which takes place from Wednesday 14 to Sunday 18 October 2015. The 10th outing of this 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, is titled This Place We Call Home.
Open House Dublin 2015 will focus on the theme of domesticity and urban space, and look to inspire a better understanding of the processes and places that define our rhythms and routines. Homes already confirmed for this year’s programme include House in Rathmines, home of (and by) Ireland’s most celebrated architects Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey; 23 Leinster Road, the renovation and conversion of an early Georgian townhouse by A2 Architects; 8 Richmond Place, the home and studio of young practice Carson & Crushell Architects and a “spiritual” home: the Holy Faith Spirituality Centre in Glasnevin by MOLA Architects. Favourite homes from previous years are also back, including the frozen-in-time Iveagh Trust Museum Flat (Neillie’s Flat) in Dublin 8 and No.10 Henrietta Street, one of the oldest buildings on one of the oldest streets in Dublin. As Open House Dublin reaches its 10th birthday, we want to build upon its ability to showcase great architecture, and to highlight the buildings of Dublin that have altered our vision of the city, shaped how we live now and which might inspire new ways of living in the future, says Nathalie Weadick, IAF Director. Our starting point for Open House Dublin this year is a consideration of housing, both as individual homes and as part of a much broader context we call urban fabric. As well as building tours, the 10th outing of Open House Dublin includes an extended programme of other events, a highlight of which is THE BIG HOUSING DEBATE on Wednesday 14 October.Also returning this year is Open House Junior, a series of creative events to enable young participants to play architect for the weekend, and Open House Plus, made up of ancillary exhibitions, walking tours and film screenings, among other events.
Open House Dublin 2015 programme available at openhousedublin.com/ from mid September. Follow the Irish Architecture Foundation on their website, Facebook and Twitter. Most building tours are open on a first-come, first-served basis. There are NO pre-book tours this year, please do not call any participating buildings in this regard. A small number of building tours will be available to book on a lottery basis, details in September.
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