Open House Dublin & Airbnb


For the third year running, the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) has joined forces with Airbnb and a number of key organisations and businesses to shine a spotlight on great Dublin architecture through Open House Dublin, Ireland’s largest architecture festival.

As sponsor of the festival, Airbnb is helping to leverage great content by opening up their international office on Hanover Quay and by supporting a number of architecturally significant host homes to be included in the programme.
The theme of this year’s festival, The City as a Stage, explores the central role architecture plays in our society, how it frames and influences the patterns and structures of our collective urban existence, from the private, domestic realm to the citywide, public sphere. The buildings of Dublin are active and passive agents in the theatre of life. Through the city’s physical form and structures, Open House Dublin 2017 will reveal the character of our capital city and the active citizens, who, on this stage, play a vital part.
The inclusion of homes owned by hosts on Airbnb is entirely fitting with this theme. These citizens play their part in welcoming visitors to the city, and their homes become the lens through which their guests see a new part of the city, the neighbourhoods in which they live.

Airbnb’s international home at Hanover Quay is back for this year’s programme with a theme of ‘The City as a Stage.’ It is steeped in the economic history of the city, and was allegedly home to Ireland’s first fridge. Housed in one of the last remaining warehouse buildings so characteristic of the Dublin Docklands, the building which faces on to Grand Canal Basin, is a 4,500m2 three storey shell & core building by RKD architects, for which heneghan peng architects designed a unique and surprising workspace for 400 people.

This landmark building was previously home to Dublin Ice & Cold Storage (1865-1950s) and was then the Raleigh Bicycle Factory (1954-1980). Hanover Quay was largely an open space until 1865 when Stoney Buildings re-faced the quayside so that it could cater to the increasing numbers of steamships. 6-8 Hanover Quay was part of this redevelopment and became a series of cold storage units for housing the contents of the many trawling ships docking at the Quay during this period.

Airbnb has captured elements of both the global and local. Belonging is an idea that defines Airbnb and these spaces have been designed to reflect the company’s mission. Each of their meeting rooms are either inspired by listings on the Airbnb platform or iconic Irish inclusions which recognise the building’s important role in the development of Dublin. 

Airbnb and Open House Dublin share core values of community and creating a sense of belonging, as well as a belief that connectivity and discovery are open to everybody. Airbnb staff will be volunteering at Open House Dublin 2017.

James McClure, Airbnb General Manager for Northern Europe said:

"Airbnb is committed to helping make every city where the Airbnb Community is present stronger, socially, economically, and environmentally, and Dublin is no exception. Our hosts are proud of their homes, and Open House Dublin is a natural partner for us as fellow champions of Irish hospitality, great design and great homes.

"The City as a Stage theme is very relevant to Airbnb this year as we’ve launched our Trips programme in Dublin, allowing Dubliners to share their knowledge, passions or skills with visitors for a few hours with the city as a backdrop. Whether it’s a walking tour, workshop, or behind the scenes access, the city is viewed through a new lens.

"We’re very proud to support Open House Dublin for a third year, and help to grow the reach of this creative and important event."

Speaking about this year’s record number of events and supporters, Nathalie Weadick, Director of the IAF, said “To make this free festival happen, the IAF depends upon the actions, financial contribution and in-kind support of multiple agencies and organisations: not to mention over 300 volunteers and guides. This coming together of civic investment, state support, business partnerships and individual involvement is what enables us to present this wonderful event each year.”

People like you make Open House Dublin possible!

Open House Dublin is presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF): a non-profit arts organisation that communicates the value of architecture.

The IAF presents Open House Dublin each year as just one part of a rich and unique offering. Our year-round programme includes exhibitions, talks, film screenings, symposia, competitions, publications, school and community workshops. You can help to secure our future by becoming an IAF member, or simply by donating directly.

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Members enjoy perks which include: beating the OHD queues, private tours, partner discounts; and limited-edition IAF publications and prints. Architects can also claim structured CPD at all IAF events.