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The Open House Dublin website is LIVE!


We have announced all 150+ events as part of Open House Dublin 2017: start planning your weekend now…

The 2017 Open House Dublin programme is now LIVE! We have more than 150 buildings, walks, talks, exhibitions and events for people of all ages making this year’s festival our biggest ever! Taking place across Dublin city and county from 13 to 15 October Open House Dublin is Ireland’s largest architecture festival and this year it takes the theme ‘The City as a Stage’. Dublin and its architecture has been the backdrop to the daily dramas of everyday life for centuries, and this year’s “The City as a Stage” programme explores how its citizens have made their mark on the city and investigates the architects, artisans and thinkers that influenced its design, construction and development, past and present.

Check out this gorgeous Teaser by PushPull Media:


Some buildings sure to capture public imagination this year include:

Berkeley Library at Trinity College Dublin – built in 1967, its architect Paul Koralek will be in Dublin for Open House Dublin to celebrate the 50th birthday of this modernist, brutalist gem;

Container House in Ringsend – a pioneering family home made from seven shipping containers, designed by LiD Architecture;

Rochestown House in Sallynoggin – RIAI award-winning energy-efficient housing for senior citizens, an exemplary public housing project by DLR Architects Department;

Stella Theatre in Rathmines – lovingly refurbished and restored as a cinema once more;

Grand Canal Houseboats: a chance to have a glimpse into houseboat living in Dublin’s Grand Canal Basin as four boat owners open up their small but perfectly formed floating homes.

In addition to the many private homes from all eras opening their doors for tours, there are a number of global corporate “homes” participating in Open House Dublin, including:

Airbnb at Hanover Quay: a once derelict waterside warehouse restored and renovated by RKD Architects and heneghan peng (fitout) – the most visited building in Open House Dublin 2016;

The new LinkedIn EMEA Headquarters by RKD Architects, with workspaces for more than 1,000 employees, a restaurant, café, state-of-the-art gym and rooftop terrace;

The new Squarespace Dublin office by MOLA Architecture in collaboration with A+I;

Google’s Gordon House on Barrow Street refurbished by HLW with Reddy Architects;

Facebook’s International Headquarters located at Grand Canal Quay, a contemporary office designed by international architects Frank Gehry and Daniel Libeskind.

We are also shining a spotlight the work of on one of Ireland’s most important architects, the modernist Andy Devane, with five of his buildings featured in this year’s programme:

Gonzaga College, Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church at Dublin Airport, St. Fintan’s Church in Sutton, much of DCU St. Patrick’s College campus in Drumcondra, and possibly his most well known building, the Irish Life Centre on Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1.

As well as building tours, Open House Dublin 2017 will also feature the ever popular Open House Junior: a programme of architecture-themed events developed for younger citizens including design and build workshops and family-friendly “archi-treks”, and Open House Plus: walking tours, talks, exhibitions and other events.

Visit architecturefoundation.ie/openhouse to begin perusing the programme and planning your OHD weekend. Want to get closer to Open House Dublin? Then get in touch with Sophie, our Volunteer Coordinator, to become an OHD volunteer. Fancy priority booking? Then join us as an IAF member.