Over the past 14 years the Irish Architecture Foundation has introduced thousands of people to the architecture of their city through a simple and powerful idea called Open House Dublin. Demonstrating some of Dublin’s most progressive historical, contemporary and future-facing ideas in architecture and city-making. 155 significant commercial and civic buildings, private homes, infrastructure and landscape projects will open from 11-13 October.
Our cities are in flux and undergoing much change, and we feel it most directly in Dublin. These changes are happening at all kinds of levels. Dublin has always been a dynamic city of growth, revival and renewal, however the intensity of transformation is now is palpable. The city is under great pressure to deliver many varied expectations, while also a place of great potential and aspiration.
Open House Dublin theme City in Motion is interested in how the city is never fixed, it evolves over time and with this flux we ask how might it retain a sense of itself, its personality. What kind of city will Dublin become, and what do we want it to be?
I would like to thank our Principle Partner Bank of Ireland. Open House Dublin is partnered with Dublin City Council and the Government Policy on Architecture and supported by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, RTE Supporting the Arts, JCDecaux and Totally Dublin. Open House Dublin 2019 is sponsored by Dublin Port Company, and Corporate Circle members Hibernia REIT plc., DNG, Henry J Lyons, O’Mahony Pike Architects, Oakmount and Hines. I wish to acknowledge the IAF’s core funders the Arts Council, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Office of Public Works.
Open House Dublin can’t keep opening up doors for free without your help. I ask you kindly to consider supporting the work of Open House Dublin through partnership opportunities available on our website.
Finally, a big thank you to the building owners, the guides, the fabulous OHD army of volunteers and the IAF OHD delivery team. We are indebted to your hard work and avid passion for your built environment.
See you over the weekend!
Director, Irish Architecture Foundation.