Baile Átha Cliath Pailliún Aeir i bhFoirm Oscailte (Dublin Open Form Pavilion of Air) - Open House Dublin 2024

Baile Átha Cliath Pailliún Aeir i bhFoirm Oscailte (Dublin Open Form Pavilion of Air)

Merrion Square Park, Merrion Square East, Dublin 2

Dates & Times

Drop in anytime between 7th – 15th October

Tour type
  • Open House Extra
  • Open House Junior
  • Walking Tour

Take some time our from your busy Open House schedule to experience something unique this year. Download the Echoes App on your phone, grab your earphones and head to Merrion Square.

The “Baile Átha Cliath Pailliún Aeir i bhFoirm Oscailte” (Dublin Open Form Pavilion of Air) is a floating roof of sound across Merrion Square Park. It is part of the pan-European Open Form Pavilion of Air series – each uses sound and site-mapping to offer a playful renewal and reframing of public space as an essential place of engagement for the community.  Inspired by Polish architects Oskar & Zofia Hansen’s “Open Form” architectural concept (ca. 1959), the audio work is presented as a Pavilion without walls – a roof made from sound – that is heard to extend across the public space of Merrion Square’s 4.5 hectares.

By traversing different zones within the park using your mobile phone, the Echoes app and headphones, you become a participatory listener producing a composition in real-time as your navigation creates a unique choreography via GPS, combining and changing sounds mapped within the site through the app. A new layer of experience is rendered within Merrion Square as the simplicity of the invisible roof and the absorbing physicality of its sound transforms the location and its context.

The Pavilion has no visible presence outside the app and can only be accessed and enjoyed on-site in Merrion Square. This experience is available all week at Open House Dublin from 7 October to 15 October. Visit Merrion Square at any time.

Further details at

Overview of the Pavilion and the Open Form Pavilion of Air series

Accessibility Information
Headphones, mobile phone and app required to access the audiowork in Merrion Square

Wheelchair accessible
Audio guided

Photography Credit
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