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Dublin City Library & Archive

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Dublin City Library & Archive

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Saturday 15 October, 11.00am – 5.00pm

The library and archive complex boldly stitches together ‘old’ and ‘new’ through the redevelopment of a 1909 building and the addition of a 21st century library headquarters. The original building has interesting architectural features including a Mount Charles sandstone façade, portico, a Palladian window and triangular pediment. The 2003 extension consists of 2 adjoining late Georgian houses and a semi-circular glazed atrium, which was built to the rear. Material for the dramatic extension - steel metal decking, structural glazing and curtain walling - make an appropriate contrast with the old building, while the form echoes the curved industrial roofs of nearby Pearse Station.

First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers. Wheelchair Access. This tour is not suitable for children. Photography is not allowed on this tour.

Designed by: CJ Mc Carthy / DCC Architects Department
Building Date: 1909/2003
Location: 138–144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2