Go right in! The door is open to some of the city’s most gorgeous buildings.
Open House Dublin returns again thanks to the indefatigable Irish Architecture Foundation. Running from October 17–19 and offers more than 100 house tours and guided walks, as well as events and workshops that will allow you to discover and celebrate Dublin’s best-of architecture. All for free! For a small number of in-demand buildings, a lottery system for entry operates (register before October 10 on the individual building page on the Open House website).
Architecture enthusiasts, students, interiors designers, photographers and lovers of beautiful buildings will get a chance to tour diverse places from Government buildings and Garda stations to public libraries, cultural institutes and quirkier establishments such as the Fumbally Exchange and the Victorian Fruit and Vegetable Market in Smithfield.
Here are our top nine must-see locations...
Colour pops and cubes galore at Yelp (left) and Airbnb (right)
Airbnb and Yelp are opening the doors to their funky contemporary office digs for people eager to take a peek at where the techie creatives work. Expect exposed pipes, vivid colours, ultra-smart storage and decadent break-out areas.
For most of us, this is the first opportunity to get a proper look at Southside Dublin’s new libraries. Much was made about the size and cost of these projects, so now you can go visit and see if it was all worth it.
5. The US Embassy | By John M. Johansen | 42 Elgin Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
This is very exciting. The most secure building in Dublin opens to the public for the day – unmissable (lottery).
6. Résidence de France | Built on the instruction of owner George Bustard | 53 Ailesbury Rd., Dublin 4
If you’ve ever gone for a walk in the Embassy District and wondered what beautiful interiors hide behind those high fences, this is an event you’ll want to go to.
9. The Lake House | By Aughey O’Flaherty Architects | Burrow Beach, Sutton, Dublin 13
Set in a conservation area and enviable location right on Sutton Beach, this has sweeping views of Lambay Island and Ireland’s Eye – and a lake (lottery).
The Lake House on Burrow Beach, Sutton, Dublin
Building tours are led by the architect behind the very building, so this is a great opportunity for people keen on design and architecture to get direct insight from the experts.
Which ones are you going to see? To find the house tour nearest you, see the Open House 2014 tour map.