Dublin City Council supports Ireland’s largest architecture festival: Open House Dublin

Image credit: Ros Kavanagh

The 14th annual architectural festival Open House will take place across the city from Friday 11th October to Sunday 13th October.  It is a unique opportunity for citizens to explore, understand and re-discover the architecture of their city through over 140 free events and tours, including buildings not generally accessible to the public.
This year Dublin City Council is again teaming up with the Irish Architectural Foundation to deliver a programme of events that includes visits to Dublin City Council buildings and projects that resonate with this year’s festival theme: ‘City in Motion’. Dublin City Council’ staff will provide guided tours of these buildings sharing their expert and interesting insights into the stories behind some of Dublin’s valuable building heritage.
Dublin City is a dynamic place of growth, revival and renewal and Dublin City Council will show a number of projects to reflect this, which include:

14 Henrietta Street: Dating from the 1720s, Henrietta Street is the most intact collection of early to mid-18th century aristocratic townhouses in Ireland.  Open up the door to 300 years of city life, from its grand Georgian beginnings to the tenement dwellings of its later years.
Sun: 10:30am & 11:30am

9/9A Aungier Street: A ‘jewel in the crown’ of Aungier Street, the oldest and most intact domestic structure in Dublin City which started life as an elite 17th century development. Behind an unassuming 20th Century façade still remains a house surviving from 1664, revealing the story of the street between medieval and modern times.
Sat: 11:00am –
Sun: 11am – 5pm

Pigeon House Power Station:  The Pigeon House power station was the first in the world to generate three phase power and produced its first electricity in 1903. Today it is one of the largest protected structures in Ireland and one of the few examples of industrial architecture remaining within the city.
Sat: 11am-3pm

Dolphin House Regeneration: The first of a multi-phase regeneration of the Dolphin House estate which has seen the refurbishment of existing apartments as well as the construction of new homes which contribute to the revitalisation of the local area.
Sun: 11am – 5pm

Image credit: Ros Kavanagh

Smithfield Food Market: A tour of the history of the markets over the last 200 years and a look at plans for the future.
Sat: 11am – 5pm

St Bricin’s House: Transformation of 20th century housing structures into contemporary homes where outdated construction strategies have been converted to create a sustainable development which offers a better quality of life while using less energy.
Sat: 2pm – 5pm

St. Andrews Resource Centre: Over 18,000 square feet of resource facility dedicated to the parishes of Westland Row/City Quay situated in the former boys school which first opened in 1895.
Sat & Sun: 11am – 4pm

Sealawn Lodge & St. Anne’s Park Follies: Works carried out in 2017 have brought Sealawn Gate Lodge (c.1875) and 12 historic follies (1838-1904) back to life ensuring the enjoyment of these historic structures for years to come.
Sat: 12pm – 2pm

Dublin City Council invites the public to experience and enjoy for free the architectural delights that will be showcased over the weekend of the Open House festival. For full programme details and further information visit: https://openhousedublin.com