2019 Highlights

Open House Plus

The Big Debate – What Kind of City Do You Want?

Trinity Business School, 41 Pearse St, D2

Friday, 6:30 pm—8pm
Photo: David Soanes
Photo: Chris Bellew-Fennell Photography

Irish Architecture Foundation is delighted to invite you to The Big Debate on the eve of Open House Dublin, which asks a panel from politics, culture, architecture, innovation and business What Kind Of City Do You Want? Dublin is changing and people are talking about it.  Its shape, development and identity are a hot topic at the moment. Dublin aspires to grow and operate on an international scale, while at the same time retaining the essential character of place, but does Dublin need to work a bit harder to achieve its aspiration? Does a city that is rapidly transforming signal a future of great potential and opportunity?  Or do we need to pause and check ourselves before we lose sight of what makes this city great? Chaired by Linda Doyle, Dean of research TCD, each of the panellists are given 5 minutes to visually and provocatively present their perspectives on the question before the discussion is open to the floor. Ciaran Cuffe MEP will talk about shaping a zero carbon city, Jamie Cudden Smart City Programme Manager DCC, will talk about how we need to take the opportunity to shape the future in a way that benefits our city and communities.  John O’ Beirne from Bank of Ireland will discuss how they enable innovation. Clare Lyster, an Irish born architect based in Chicago, will discuss ways to leverage communication infrastructure to productively invigorate collective life in the built environment. Jennifer Jennings, co-Director of pop culture outfit THISISPOPBABY Jennifer Jennings, co-Director of pop culture outfit THISISPOPBABY will talk about the massacre of culture in this city, and put forward some ideas to affect change.  Dominic Stevens, director in JFOC Architects, will talk about diverse housing typologies and how we need to consider alternative ways of living in the city, and how architects can help.

Notes

  • Wheelchair Accessible.
Open House Plus

Sustainable Living – A Bank of Ireland event in association with Open House Dublin

The House of Lords, Bank of Ireland, College Green

Thursday, 6:30 pm—8:30 pm
Photo: Bank of Ireland

If you are building or renovating, join us with Dermot Bannon, to hear from a range of professionals providing expert tips on how to make your house more sustainable, design aware and economically efficient. Take the next steps to a better future.

First Come Basis

Just show up and look out for Open House Dublin Volunteers.

Open House Plus

Dublin Port Brexit Bus Tour

Dublin Port Company, Alexandra Road, North Dock, Dublin

Saturday, 3pm—4pm
Photo: Enda Cavanagh

Bus tour of Dublin Port including the new BREXIT Zone

Notes

  • Lottery
Civic

The Fruit & Vegetable Market

Parke Neville, 1884 /
Dublin City Council Wholesale Fruit Vegetable And Flower Market, Mary's Lane, Inns Quay, Dublin

Saturday, 11am—5pm
Photo: Ciarán Cuffe
Photo: Dublin City Photographic Collection

The iconic Dublin City Fruit and Vegetable Wholesale Markets were designed in 1884 by Parke Neville (d.1886), completed with modifications after his death in 1892 by Spencer Harty, his successor as City Engineer. The Markets were opened on the 6th December 1892 by the Right Honourable Joseph M. Meade, Lord Mayor. The building occupied the whole block or former trade premises between Boot Lane (renamed St. Michan’s Street), Mary’s Lane, Arran Street East and Chancery Street (formerly Pill Lane). The level of decorative detail is typical of Victorian public architecture. The granite work around the doorways is by Charles Harrison and its decorative work includes representations of the products sold. The market closed for redevelopment on August 23rd 2019 after 127 years of trading.

First Come Basis

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Open House Plus

Dalymount Park: Mapping a Unique Architectural Space

Dalymount Park, Phibsborough, Dublin 7

Sunday, 12pm—1:30 pm
Photo: Dalymount Park

Dalymount Park is an iconic Dublin football stadium and the home of Bohemian FC who have played there since the early 20th century.

Join a walking tour of Dalymount Park, exploring the haphazard mix of architectural structures and detail, layered with a rich socio-cultural history and emotional attachment.

Meeting point: Entrance to Dalymount Park.

First Come Basis

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Civic Education

Stanhope Street Secondary School Canteen

Evelyn D’Arcy, 1970s - Renovated 2016 /
Manor Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7

Saturday, 11am—5pm
Sunday, 11am—5pm
Photo: Ste Murray
Photo: Ste Murray

This inner-city school canteen refurbishment project shines a spotlight on the transformative impact of The National Architects in Schools Initiative (NASI) on school design. The NASI is a Transition Year programme developed by the IAF that places architects in schools nationwide to facilitate design workshops with students.  Shortly after completing the NASI in 2014, a fruitful consultation process began between architect/NASI Facilitator Evelyn D’Arcy, the school community and the project funders the Lauritzson Foundation,  to advance a much-needed refurbishment of the school’s canteen, which had devolved into a poor state of repair since its 1970s inception.

Throughout the refurb, the architect prioritised the ideas of the students as the end-users of the space. With this people-first design strategy, along with fundamental support from the Lauritzson Foundation, the canteen has been revived into a fresh new multipurpose space which has proven to have had a positive impact on the lives and learning environment of students.

First Come Basis

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Notes

  • Wheelchair Accessible.
  • Suitable for Children
Education

Sandford Park School

O’Donnell + Tuomey, 2019 /
Sandford Park School Ranelagh Dublin

Saturday, 11am—5pm
Photo: O’Donnell + Tuomey
Photo: O'Donnell + Tuomey

A new school house for Sandford Park School opened September 2019. The new School House forms part of Phase 2 of an overall masterplan, including 10 new classrooms, internal and external social spaces and a new hockey pitch. The new school house will consist of ten classrooms, three meeting rooms and a social space within the new school house. New areas of brick and concrete paving with a mixture of soft landscaping will be introduced. The new school house is a two storey brick and timber building, entered through a generous covered outdoor space which looks back down the school internal ‘street’. The heart of the new building is a large sociable social space with forum seating which links the two floors and looks out to the playing fields. Corridors are wide with areas for seating and lockers to enhance positive social interaction; they will be bright and lively spaces with high level windows and exposed timber roof trusses. The design reflects our interest in the architecture of Ranelagh village, and in the historic buildings on the school site. The brick walls, strongly expressed vertical timbers and grey pitched roof respond particularly to the old house. It carries aspects of the experience we have gained in the design of other schools, like Ranelagh Multidenominational School down the street and St Angela’s secondary school in Cork, both of which have proven to be very successful in use. One of the outstanding features of the site is the sense of openness as you approach the centre of the site from Sandford Road. This has been retained as an important feature of the overall masterplan. Therefore the new hockey pitch has been located in its proposed location to ensure the requirements of the school and the sense of openness are maintained. The new School House has been carefully positioned to form a conclusion to the street, while on the park side it completes a slightly curved line, a crescent set up by the fronts of the old house, science block and canteen. It complements the old house but does not compete with it or step forward of it. The position of this entrance space along this axis gives orientation to the building as one approaches from a distance. This is an important aspect in relation to the overall context of the new building. The new space between the canteen and the new school house is seen as a focus for external gatherings and activities including debates and outside performances in summer. To accommodate this a set of concrete tribune steps, partly covered with a canopy, will be built opposite the new school house porch.

First Come Basis

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Notes

  • Wheelchair Accessible.
  • Suitable for Children
Education

MoLI – Museum of Literature Ireland

Scott Tallon Walker Architects, 2019 /
UCD Newman House, 86 St Stephen's Green South, Dublin 2

Saturday, 10:30 am—
Saturday, 11:30 am—
Photo: Conor Healy

A partnership between University College Dublin and the National Library of Ireland, the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) is a new landmark cultural institution in the heart of Ireland’s capital city. Architects Scott Tallon Walker were engaged to transform the Aula Maxima at Newman House into a modern museum building while creating universal access across the historic site where UCD was founded. The aims of the architectural project included developing a world-class exhibition centre, integrating Newman House into a wider city context, and weaving the buildings together into a better functioning integral whole. The main visible architectural intervention is the creation of a new stair and lift core clad in glass with an interstitial veil of copper filigree. The scheme has been designed in such a way that the new works are to the rear of the buildings and have minimal impact on the historic fabric.

Notes

  • Wheelchair Accessible.
  • Suitable for Children
  • Lottery from 11th - 24th September
Education

Confucius Institute For Ireland

Robin Lee Architecture, 2018 /
Belfield, Campus, Trimblestown, Dublin

Saturday, 11am—5pm
Sunday, 11am—5pm

On the tour visitors will see the display galleries with artefacts and art from China, the library and reading room, the central atrium and the auditorium – we’ll describe how we designed the building to sit harmoniously within the UCD campus yet with the influence of traditional Chinese motifs, spatial devices and typologies.

First Come Basis

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Notes

  • Wheelchair Accessible.
  • Suitable for Children
  • Photography is not permitted on this tour
Homes

Capital Dock Residence

O’Mahony Pike, 2019 /
Capital Dock, 82 Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin 2

Saturday, 11am—5pm

Capital Dock is a 4.8 acre urban quarter completed in 2019 containing three residential buildings, four office blocks and a pavilion building on the waters’ edge arranged around two significant public spaces. The 1.5 acres of landscaped open space includes Three Locks Square, a sheltered urban square designed for hosting cultural events and a large open park with expansive views of the water. Capital Dock Residence includes Ireland’s tallest building, The Hailing Station at 79 metres. This landmark residential tower offers 360-degree panoramic city and seascape view. All of the 1, 2 and 3 bedroom bright and spacious apartments are available to rent. Residents can enjoy exclusive access to the five-star amenities including a gym, cinema, games room, resident lounges, dining suite and co-working suites with meeting rooms together with a concierge service seven days a week. The public realm is activated by retail units at street level in Capital Dock Residence and distinctive red ship-like structure, The Quarterdeck which contains outdoor terraces.

Notes

  • Wheelchair Accessible.
  • Suitable for Children
  • Lottery from 11th - 24th September