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Open House Dublin joins forces with Airbnb


Airbnb are champions of good design, not only in their office space but also in the quality of homes their hosts offer to their community of users, says Nathalie Weadick, IAF Director. We are delighted to be partnering with Airbnb to promote great architecture.

One of the highlights of this year’s Open House Dublin is Airbnb’s new international hub at Hanover Quay. Previously home to Dublin Trawling Ice & Cold Storage from 1865 to the 1950s, the Raleigh Bicycle Factory from 1954 to 1980 and until recently derelict, the warehouse has been carefully and faithfully restored and renovated by fit-out architects Heneghan Peng and landlord architects RKD. Its three stories are designed around a central atrium amphitheatre, which is the heart of the building. Meeting rooms that are replicas of listings on the Airbnb platform, with a few iconic Irish inclusions, invite you to travel around the world and across Ireland as you walk through the space. Airbnb will also invite the Open House Dublin community to an Airbnb event and Airbnb staff will be volunteering at Open House Dublin 2016 events.

Aisling Hassell, Airbnb Global Head of Customer Experience said: Airbnb is committed to helping make cities stronger socially, economically, and environmentally. We’re proud to support Open House Dublin, an ideal showcase of Irish hospitality, and one of the city’s most-anticipated annual cultural events in its 11th outing, The Presence of the Past.

Separately, seven homes owned by Airbnb hosts will feature in this year’s Open House Dublin, some of which are returning favourites and others new to the programme. Details on these and the full Open House Dublin 2016 programme will be announced on 8 September. Watch this Space!

There will be an Open House Dublin Info Centre at 15 Bachelors Walk, Dublin 1, the new home of the IAF, from 12 September to 16 October, 12noon to 4pm Monday to Friday. Here you will be able to pick up a map of all the buildings in the programme, Architrek guides as part of the Open House Junior programme or simply watch a movie in the new auditorium.

Photo by Ethan Hart

The Irish Architecture Foundation is funded by the Arts Council, the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and the Office of Public Works. Open House Dublin 2016 is partnered with Dublin City Council and the Government Policy on Architecture and supported by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Hibernia REIT plc, JCDecaux, Totally Dublin, Dublin Bus and Open House Worldwide. Open House Dublin is sponsored by Airbnb.