Goethe-Institut Irland - Open House Dublin 2024

Goethe-Institut Irland

37 Merrion Square East, Dublin 2

Dates & Times
  • Sunday 15th October:
  • 10am – 12pm
  • 2pm – 4pm
Tour type
  • Building Tour

Martin Henchion

The house at 37 Merrion Square is a protected structure and the design is attributed to Samuel Sproule, Architect and built between 1780 and 1786. Internal stuccowork was completed by Robert West. The house was in reasonable condition but has now been extensively restored, consistent with best conservation practice. The new build consists of a sub-parterre level over most of the site, which is a half level above Stephen’s Place to the rear, with a split level three-storey mews above. The new build provides seven classrooms and accommodation for teachers and administration staff.

To mitigate the scale of the mews development, the new build makes a material distinction between a solid base (including the garden walls), and an emergent crystalline form, glazed with a bespoke vertically spanning high performance triple glazing system with an inter-layer of copper mesh between the outer two layers of glass. This provides a mild vision screen and acts as a solar gain protection layer. The building alternates between reading as a glass box and a metal box. At night the building reads differently again as some sections of the glass box are opaque and others are transparent.

This tour is pre-book only.

Accessibility Information
Please note that the Return gallery, the library and second floor of the Georgian building are not wheelchair accessible due to protected structure

Wheelchair accessible
Accessible Toilets
Assistance Dogs welcome

Photography Credit


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