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IAF Members: Special Event

15.12.17

For private tours and behind the scenes access to Dublin’s finest buildings…

To beat the queues at Open House Dublin 2015…

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Upcoming Events 

Suburban Cycling Tour

Please join us for a BYOB (Bring your own bike) leisurely cycling tour of Dundrum and Churchtown. Michael Hayes editor of 2ha magazine will lead us on an tour to examine and re imagine the spaces which make up our suburban landscapes. Meet at the Dundrum Luas Stop for an 11 am start.

Tour of 9/9 A Aungier Street: 1664 Architect Unknown, Refurbishment MESH Architects

Imagine 350 years of wallpaper styles. The Aungier Estate is the oldest intact domestic dwelling structure in Dublin. It was the first planned suburb outside the old city walls, and Aungier Street was home to nobility, aristocrats and high-ranking military personnel in its earliest decades. It was also amoung the most stylish districts in the city. No9/9A, as one of the estate’s most distinguished houses, is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Aungier Street and a living reminder of a cityscape and inheritance now obscured, but not lost.

Revealing Dublin’s Missing Link- exploring a hidden (sub)urban legacy

We will explore and reveal the rich context of the Aungier Street area’s cultural heritage and consider opportunities for the regeneration of the area. Access to some of the buildings, which form part of the hidden urban legacy of the area.

Past Events

St Mary’s Pro Cathedral & Vaults

The Cathedral was built on the site of the 12th-Century Cistercian Abbey of St. Mary. It is in the Neo-Classic Doric style, making it distinct from other churches of the period. The extensive vaults of the church run under the street to the Department of Education complex. Since it opened its doors, St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral has seen some major state occasions, for example, the funeral of Daniel O’Connell and the funeral of Michael Collins.


Tour of Green Street Court House Architect: 1797  Whitmore Davis (attrib)

Urban Agency’s Andrew Griffin will bring us on a tour of Green Street Court House. The building is associated with a number of high profile trials, not least that of Robert Emmett, and the bar of the 18th century dock from which Emmett made his final speech has been on display in the Halston Street entrance since 1894.

Family Tour of Merrion Square

This hands on activity tour of Georgian Dublin is specially devised by the IAF to stimulate children’s interest in architecture and the city. Led by architects with experience in introducing children to architecture, the tour is full of opportunities for observation and imagination. Each child receives a free IAF activity pack to use along the route.
Note: activities are aimed at 4-11 yr olds. Younger children are very welcome but may require some assistance from adults!

Open House Cork

As part of our IAF members events, we will be taking a trip during the weekend to see the highlights of Cork architecture. For more information on this trip contact deirdre@architecturefoundation.ie

Hugh Lane Walking Tour:

IAF Members join a walking tour arranged by the Hugh Lane Gallery. The tour, called ‘Sense of Place’, coincides with the Phoenix Rising: Art and Civic Imagination exhibition in the gallery, which explores the current place of civic ideals in urban life and contemporary art practice. It references Dublin’s 1914 Civic Exhibition which attempted to re-imagine Dublin as “the phoenix of cities” during a period of economic, social and political strife. Orlaith Ross will be our guide. More information on the exhibition can be found here.

Tour of The Chocolate Factory Architect: c. 1910 Donnelly & Moore (original)

Intended as a new creative community for Dublin, the former Williams & Woods building on King’s Inns Street is being refurbished and brought back to life. The factory’s concrete frame and beautiful paned windows act as a strong backdrop on each of the four floors. The interventions to subdivide and fit out the space have made creative use of recycled materials, with particularly imaginative repurposing in the rooftop urban farm. An exciting and ambitious project mixing design and the spirit of D.I.Y.

Pigeon House Precinct Walking Tour 

This tour through the Pigeon House Harbour includes many impressive building constructions from the 1793 Pigeon House Hotel, to the vast Pigeon House Power Station and to the remnants of the Pigeon House Precinct a former military fort after the 1798 revolution.

Irish Architectural Archive

Guided tour of the archive which represents the greatest single source of information on Ireland’s buildings and those who designed them. The tour will also include the current exhibition celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the US Embassy in Dublin.

Marsh’s Library Tour with Keeper Dr. Jason Mc Elligott

Designed by Sir William Robinson (d.1712) the Surveyor General of Ireland, it is one of the very few 18th century buildings left in Dublin that is still being used for its original purpose, an houses more than 25,000 rare and fascinating books. Writers from Jonathan Swift, to Bram Stoker and James Joyce have all read here. This tour from Keeper Dr. Jason McElligott gave members privileged access to view rare books and manuscripts and included highlights of the Library’s rich architectural history.

Member Only Lottery : Open House Dublin 

A limited amount of Member Only places on all Open House Dublin Lottery Tours were exclusively reserved during Open House Dublin 17th -19th October such as Loo’s Bar, The Provost’s House in Trinity College and the US Embassy

Walking Tour: Rediscovering Dublin’s Industrial Architectural Heritage with Urban Planner Stephen Coyne 

For centuries Dublin’s Liberties area has been a distinctive mercantile quarter of the city;  its streets and buildings telling the story of working life in Dublin. From the bustling Cornmarket, down ancient Thomas Street to the iconic Guinness Brewery, this walk by urban planner Stephen Coyne took our members on a journey to rediscover and reappraise some of Dublin’s best industrial architectural heritage and highlights some of the new contemporary uses and  influences that are transforming the area at present.

Panel Discussion: Busáras and Patrick Scott – A Reading in Art and Architecture

To mark the final weekend of the retrospective exhibition Patrick Scott: Image, Space, Light at IMMA and Visual Carlow, IMMA and the IAF invited members to experience one of the artist’s most significant collaboration with the architectural firm Michael Scott and Associates (from 1975 Scott Tallon Walker) within their iconic building of Busáras, Dublin (1944-53).

Curator Tour: Casino Marino’s ‘Paradise Lost’ Exhibition

IAF members were taken on a private tour of Paradise Lost: Lord Charlemont’s Garden at Marino by curator Rose Ann White, where they learned about the many secrets of the best online casino as well as toured the exhibition on display.

Dublin 2016: Towards a Vision for a World Class City

In association with the Irish Architecture Foundation, Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn invited IAF members and special guests to his keynote address “Dublin 2016: Towards a Vision for a World Class City: A contribution to the Decade of Commemorations”.

Tour of the Docklands by renowned architect James Pike

James Pike of O’Mahony Pike architects has worked in architecture for 40 years. His practice has created many iconic buildings in Dublin such as Google, the Gasworks, and Hanover Quay. On Saturday 12th April, James took our members on a special tour of the Docklands, providing a fascinating insight into the buildings and the area they are situated in.

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