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A visit to the US Ambassador’s Residence in the Phoenix Park, a walking tour on the Guinness legacy in the Liberties, Dublin city’s oldest home and a host of architecturally designed residential homes are just some highlights of this year’s Open House Dublin.
The programme for Open House Dublin was launched yesterday, in the Exo Building, by the Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan, TD, Open House Dublin Manager Karen Lee Walpole architect Shay Cleary of Shay Cleary Architects, and architect and writer Cormac Murray.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Noonan said: “I am delighted to see Open House Dublin return with a packed programme of in-person events that shine a light on and tell the stories of the many facets of the architecture of the city and county. The Irish Architecture Foundation has done tremendous work to grow the festival into a highly anticipated annual highlight for all the public to enjoy.”
Also commenting, Nathalie Weadick, Director of the Irish Architecture Foundation, said: “This year’s Open House Dublin is lifting the lid on Dublin city and county’s buildings, opening up spaces and places that are rarely accessible to the public, as well as celebrating all that’s good about Irish architecture.
“We’re very proud to have the Housing Unlocked exhibition, run jointly with the Housing Agency, as a centrepiece of the Open House Dublin programme. The public will get to see eight creative, practical solutions that address the housing issues in Ireland’s cities, towns and villages, and that showcase the high quality and ambitious nature of the architecture and design sector in Ireland. We’re thrilled to have architect Róisín Murphy as the host of the Big Debate, which will be tackling the topic of housing, dereliction, the loss of our intangible cultural heritage, and how we can make the city more open, accessible and equitable. There are lots of exciting events for families and children, too. We invite everyone to join us to get up-close with Dublin’s architecture this October.”
Open House Dublin 2022 will host 150+ free events in more than 100 sites across the city and county. There are historical and contemporary tours of iconic buildings, private homes, exemplary social housing projects, public spaces and parks, all led by expert guides. You can drop in to film screenings and exhibitions, join boat tours of Dublin Port, as well as cycling and walking tours, and you can even experience a site-specific theatre performance about family history and brutalist architecture. With special events and activities for young people and families, there really is something for everyone.
The IAF and Open House Dublin are delighted to partner with Peter McVerry Trust this year and visitors to Open House can make a donation to the trust via the Open House Dublin website.
All Open House Dublin events are free, but booking is required for some. Booking for ticketed events opens at 10.00am on the 21st September.
Full details of the programme can be found here: OpenHouseDublin.com.