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Road Trip to Open House Cork

3D printing, narrow houses, waterworks, churches and sketching tours…Open House Cork (OHC) was officially launched yesterday and it looks like a dinger. From 10 to 12 April Cork will be thinking and talking about the future of architecture in the city through a programme of tours, talks and workshops based on the theme of Change. IAF members are being brought on a road trip down to Cork to see OHC and we’re really excited about it, you can sign up here.

The programme so far includes tours of some of Cork’s well known buildings. Among them, Crawford Art Gallery which is located in the centre of Cork in what used to be the Cork Customs House, built in 1724. The building is now an amalgamation of three separate structures over three centuries, including the most recent addition an extension by Erick van Egeraat. Also, Lifetime Lab which is at the old Cork City Waterworks which has been restored and preserved and now offers an interactive exhibition which tells the story of how water was supplied to Cork City over the past three centuries. And of course, UCC Glucksman Gallery which was designed by O’Donnell Tuomey architects. These well known buildings will feature alongside some which are off the beaten track including the National Sculpture Factory and Tory Top Library.

Highlights of the private house tours include Narrow House on Red Abbey Street. Most of the buildings on Red Abbey Street are on Cork City Council’s Record of Protected Structures and this is no exception. It is described locally as the narrowest house in Cork. The house was built in the late 18th century and is 2.6 metres at its widest, after years of dereliction it was restored in 2010. Other noteworthy private hours tours include the residential scheme Altus Housing in Sunday’s Well by Jack Coughlan + Associates, and the award winning 1960s housing complex Dundanion Court in Blackrock.

The Fab Lab workshop being run by the Architecture Factory, will introduce 3D printing to participants. Those that sign up will attempt to print a geodesic dome (part-spherical shell structure) and they will see real people being scanned and printed in 3D. We might end up with double the amount of people on the bus back to Dublin than the bus down!

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We have a spaces left on our road trip to Cork so we’re opening it up to non-members. €20 and you’ve a place on our return bus trip. Email our Development Officer, Deirdre deirdre@architecturefoundation.ie or call 01 4254080.

For more information on Open House Cork, visit www.openhousecork.ie

Image: Crawford Art Gallery courtesy Open House Cork, photo by Jed Niezgoda