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Open House Dublin Theme announced for 2017


The City as a Stage

2017 marks the 12th edition of OPEN HOUSE DUBLIN, presented annually by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF), which takes place from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 October 2017.

Open House Dublin is a free annual celebration of the city’s best architecture, when buildings of all types and periods open their doors to allow citizens and visitors to explore. The theme for 2017’s event is The City as a Stage.

Dublin and its architecture has been the backdrop to the daily dramas of everyday life for centuries, but how have its citizens made their mark and who are the architects, artisans and thinkers that influenced its design, construction and development, past and present? In 2017, Open House Dublin explores the central role architecture plays in our society, how it frames the patterns and structures the practices of our collective urban existence, from the private, domestic realm to the citywide, public sphere.

“The buildings of Dublin are active agents in the theatre of life”, says Nathalie Weadick, IAF Director. “Through the city’s physical form and structures, this Open House Dublin programme will reveal the character of our capital city and the active citizens, who, on this stage, play their vital parts.”

Full OPEN HOUSE DUBLIN 2017 programme will be at www.architecturefoundation.ie/openhouse from mid September 2017.

Most building tours are open on a first-come, first-served basis. A small number of building tours will be available to book on a lottery basis, details in September.

Open House Dublin is presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) and is part of the Open House Worldwide Family. The IAF, who delivered its first Open House Dublin in 2006, has firmly established the project as Ireland’s largest architectural event with an estimated 31,000 building visits in 2016. Established in 2005, the IAF’s role is to be a vibrant and passionate organisation that excites its audiences about the value of architecture.

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 2017 is partnered with Dublin City Council and the Government Policy on Architecture and supported by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, JCDecaux, and Open House Worldwide.