Minister of State launches Open House Dublin 2010

14 September 2010



Minister for State Ciarán Cuffe TD joined The Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) at the former home of architect Sam Stephenson this evening to announce programme details for the fifth annual OPEN HOUSE DUBLIN, which takes place from 7 to 10 October 2010.

Over one weekend, over 100 Dublin buildings of all types and periods will open up their doors for citizens and visitors to explore the architecture of the city, with special tours by hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts, completely for free.

Speaking at this evening’s launch, Minster Cuffe said “Despite a difficult economic backdrop, this year’s Open House Dublin programme marks the achievement of Irish architecture at home and the growing global recognition of the profession”, noting that four of this year’s Open House Dublin buildings have also secured places on the prestigious shortlist of the World Architecture Awards.

This year’s theme BIG, SMALL, GLOBAL, provides an opportunity to explore the city across all dimensions, from the twin giants of Croke Park (Gilroy McMahon) and the Aviva Stadium (Scott Tallon Walter/Populous) to the “best extension never built” of a cleverly remodelled house in Sandymount (CAST Architecture); from the grand symmetry of the new Criminal Courts of Justice (Henry J Lyons & Partners), almost identical in scale to Rome’s Pantheon, to the exacting nanometres of TCD’s CRANN research centre.

“ 2010 is an exceptional year in Irish architecture and the Dublin cityscape has been transformed with the addition of new urban landmarks – from the curvaceous glistening skin of the Aviva to the geometric masculinity of the Grand Canal Theatre’s fly tower “ said Open House Dublin Curator Dr Sandra O’Connell. “Yet, particular innovation is often shown in Ireland at the small scale – modest kitchen extensions, subtle interventions and skilful renovations reveal how architects craft and care for buildings”

IAF Director Nathalie Weadick added, “This year’s programme reveals all aspects of scale and attempts to re-define our relationship to it. I invite you to take part in Open House Dublin and find inspiration in all the city’s dimensions.”

As well as over 100 building tours, Open House Dublin 2010 includes –

- Open House Junior, a series of creative events /workshops for young participants to play architect for a day;

- a much-expanded Open Space programme of 26 architectural walks, cycles and boat tours,

- a growing Open Minds programme of talks, lectures and exhibitions examining topical city issues;

- and the increasingly popular Irish Times Open Debate. Chaired by John Bowman, the Irish Times Open

Debate will ask a panel of invited guests Does Size Matter? at the Aviva Stadium on October 7, 2010.

All Open House Dublin events are free of charge, and only a small proportion require pre-booking.

Open Debate pre-booking opens online at 10am on Wednesday 15 September 2010.

Tour pre-booking opens online at 10am on Monday 20 September 2010.

For programme information, booking and more:


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Drop into the Open House Dublin Information Desk at The Culture Box, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Following the outstanding success of last year’s inaugural event, OPEN HOUSE GALWAY is also set to return

from 15 to 17 October 2010. Presented in partnership with the Irish Architecture Foundation and curated by a local voluntary committee, a varied programme juxtaposes visits to city landmarks such as the Galway Harbour Company Offices and GMIT with tours of contemporary architecture, featuring the Language Commissioners’ Offices and TG4 headquarters. Historical gems include Mutton Island Lighthouse, while the Marine Institute and Galway’s SAP Building showcase contemporary design innovations. Four significant architectural tours will explore Galway’s Waterways, NUI Galway Campus, Urban Spaces and Contemporary Gaeltacht Designs. Open House Galway also features an architectural film night, a major Architectural Exhibition, “Architecture at the Edge” and children’s workshops. For further details see

The Irish Architecture Foundation, who delivered its first Open House in 2006, has firmly established the project as Ireland’s largest architectural event with over 20,000 people taking to the streets in 2009 to explore their city’s architecture. Established in 2005, The Irish Architecture Foundation’s role is to be a vibrant and passionate organisation that excites its audiences about the value of architecture.

Open House Dublin is brought to you by the IAF with support from: The Arts Council - Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government - Dublin City Council - Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council - South Dublin County Council - Dublin Tourism - Office of Public Works - Dublin Docklands Development Authority - Temple Bar Cultural Trust - Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland - JCDecaux.

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