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We delivered the first Open House Dublin in 2005, since then it has become Ireland’s largest architectural festival with an estimated 33,000 building visits in 2017. Open House Dublin is a simple but powerful idea: showcasing outstanding architecture for everyone to experience. Buildings that aren’t usually accessible to the public and buildings of architectural merit open their doors for one weekend, with tours provided by expert guides. All OHD tours are completely FREE! Images: Ste Murray
Since its inception, Open House Dublin has proved its potential to engage with a wide range of our city’s shapers – from general public to policy-makers – highlighting the significant role that architecture can, and has, played in the evolving form of our everyday lives. Our intention is to build upon the festival’s annual celebration of the county’s best architecture and to inspire a better understanding of the processes and places that define us. Through an extensive programme of talks, tours and exhibitions, it is our goal to highlight the buildings of Dublin that have altered our vision of the city over time, shaped how we live now inspire new ways of living.
The IAF is joining forces with 11 other European organisations that promote quality architecture through Open House festivals
This year's packed programme enabled over 23,000 people to engage with the built environment in Dublin city and county, in person and online.