Our friends in the Irish Architecture Foundation have started giving sneak peeks of their highlighted properties on this year’s Open House Dublin programme. First of these is the home of O’Donnell + Tuomey.
This residence, by O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects, is the architects’ own home, involving the conversion of a three-storey late Georgian terraced house. A number of changes have been made. When first purchased, the building was empty of detail, having been divided into flats. It is an otherwise normal six-roomed terraced house with just one special aspect: the chimney stacks are freestanding from the party walls. In a slow process of subtraction and addition, beginning decisively with the removal of one of the middle floors, and more gradually adapting the original structure to suit an evolving family life, the centre of the house has been opened up and the living rooms connected out to the back garden.
The couple set up O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects in 1988 having previously worked together in London for Stirling Wilford Associates and Colquhoun & Miller, after graduating from the UCD school of architecture. In the early 1990s, O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects were part of the Group 91 consortium of architects who drew up the masterplan for Temple Bar in Dublin. Their first major project was the Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar. Other recognisable projects include the Glucksman Gallery at UCC (2005) and Belfast’s Lyric Theatre (2011).
2015 marks the 10th edition of Open House Dublin which will take place from Tuesday 13 to Sunday 18 October this year. This year’s title is This Place We Call Home which will look at the theme of domesticity and urban space. For more information on the Open House Dublin 2015 programme, keep an eye on the IAF website, architecturefoundation.ie, and social media.