Press Release – 29th September 2010


Open House Dublin Returns to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown


Explore Your City’s Architecture


The opportunity to visit architect-designed private residences, historic buildings and new landmarks is offered by the annual Open House Dublin weekend, and there is plenty on offer this year in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. Run by the Irish Architecture Foundation, the event returns to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown on the weekend of the 7th to the 10th of October 2010, for the third year.


On Sunday the 10the of October, there is a particular focus in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown on sustainability, with tours of energy-efficient buildings such as the Commissioners of Irish Lights (Scott Tallon Walker Architects) and Benamore – an innovative new housing scheme (DLR Architects’ Department and OBK Architects).


Dún Laoghaire’s celebrated seafront is marked by several guided walks including an exploration of the ‘Architecture and Engineering of the West Pier’.


Architectural tours of historic gems in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown include Marlay House and the Oratory – one of Dún Laoghaire’s hidden gems of Celtic Revival art. The residential tours, including a residence in Glasthule and Lis-na-Carrig, which was remodeled to create stunning coastal views, have proven exceptionally popular and are already booked out.


The Irish Architecture Foundation presents the 5th Open House Dublin, where people get an opportunity to visit their built environment with a new interest and energy.


One highlight of the DLR programme is the Open House Junior workshop, Make a Marine City!, which was specially devised by IAF Education Curator Rachel McAree and will take place in County Hall, Dún Laoghaire on Sunday the 10th of October. The workshop is suited for families with children aged 6+, and allows young people to create a vast 3D seaside city mural of their seafront. This is a drop-in event and is open between 10am and 4pm.


Check the IAF’s Open House Dublin website for programme updates by clicking here — the full programme is available online.


All events are free and only a small proportion requires pre-booking.

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