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"Well designed places, well designed homes, well designed public domains create value, respect, empathy between people."*

Dublin City Council is committed to using design to improve the attractiveness, liveability and sustainability of our built environment in its roles as planning authority, manager of public spaces and buildings and through its own construction projects.

Dublin City Architects is responsible for promoting design and providing architectural, urban and conservation design services to Dublin City Council. In doing this, we will:

  • Aim for Dublin’s citizens to enjoy the highest quality built environment; one that is clear, generous, appropriately scaled, positive to context, well made and which promotes access and inclusion.
  • Work to achieve excellence in the ordinary.
  • Consider places before buildings so that new developments contribute positively to public spaces.
  • Learn from the past in creating architecture that matches the quality and longevity of earlier periods.
  • Facilitate architecture that is contemporary, performs to the highest environmental standards, addresses climate change and is culturally cosmopolitan.

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10.10.2017City Architects & OHD 2017



“Open House Dublin (OHD) is Ireland’s largest architecture festival, inviting all citizens to explore their city. It works through a simple but powerful idea: showcasing outstanding architecture for everyone to experience.”

 – Open House Dublin 2017 -


If you didn’t already know, the 12th Edition of Open House Dublin (OHD 2017) will kick off this weekend running all the way through from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening (13th – 15th October).

And once again, City Architects and Dublin City Council are partnering with OHD, providing not only access to many projects but also the voluntary services of its staff.  Throughout the weekend, volunteers from City Architects will be guiding people through a number of buildings, providing information and insight to the work that they themselves have been involved in and in some cases have helped to shape.

This year, we’re delighted to open the doors to a great mix of new buildings, new typologies and return favourites, we hope you can make it out and enjoy exploring the city!

Two Dublin City Council buildings; the Pigeon House Power Station (1902) and the Tenement Museum, Henrietta Street, will be featured on RTE1’s NATIONWIDE @7pm on Friday 13th October.  The Pigeon House Power Station is included as part of a feature on three Open House projects including a House Boat on Grand Canal Quay and a residential extension in Clontarf. The Power Stations context, history, materiality and uses are discussed.

Buildings you can expect to see us at during OHD 2017:


The Digital Depot – Tours Saturday & Sunday

Image: Ros Kavanagh



Dolphin House Regeneration Phase 1 – Tours Friday

Image: City Architects



Dublin City Library & Archive – Tours Saturday

Image: Dublin City Council



Dublin city Gallery The Hugh Lane – Tours Saturday

Image: Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane



Mourne Road – Tours Saturday

Image: City Architects



Pigeon House Power Station – Tours Saturday

Image: Lenzie O’Sullivan & Patrick Stanley



Rathmines Crescent – Tours Saturday

Image: Ros Kavanagh


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