Site Specific is a special commission of ten short documentaries for Open House Dublin 2020. Dyehouse Films wonderfully reveal the personalities, processes, complexity, creativity and transformative impact that surround the act of designed space. The protagonists: the architect, the historian, the user, speak directly to the camera, they speak directly to us. Site Specific crosses the city, scales and building types from play parks, social housing, places of worship to a building not yet built. Taken individually, each 5-minute video has something of the condensed power of a short story. © Irish Architecture Foundation 2020
Watch the individual films HERE
1. Poolbeg Chimneys
Love them or loathe them – a discussion on the iconic chimneys that dominate the Dublin skyline. With Shelley McNamara, Yvonne Farrell, Ellen Rowley, Niall McCullough.
2. St. Theresa’s Priory
Architect Niall McLaughlin talks us through his design of a sacred space – a room within a room – to serve a community of Discalced Carmelites who come together for prayer.
3. Dolphin House
An inspiring regeneration of apartments and the construction of new houses is undertaken in the state’s largest social housing complex by Dublin City Council Architect Stefan Lowe.
4. Loos Bar
Hidden away in Trinity College, we explore a replica of a legendary Viennese watering hole. Shane deBlacam, known as the godfather of Irish architecture, takes us through the story of how this came to be.
5. Ballyfermot Play Park
The Irish Architecture Foundation facilitated an innovative and collaborative People First Design Process and an international design competition – the result – a new place to play, to skate, to run and to BMX!
6. Chapel Royal
Dr Myles Campbell takes us on a virtual tour of the Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle and reveals the history of this gothic revival masterpiece.
7. Temple Bar
Frank McDonald, author and architectural critic, former Irish Times Environment Correspondent. As a long-time resident of Temple Bar, Frank shares his personal relationship with a quarter of the city famed for its history, culture and controversy.
8. Rosemount Court
A unique insight to the design philosophy of Rosemount court social housing by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Council with architects Andrew Devonport and Sarah Clifford
9. Parnell Square
An ambitious redevelopment project is underway to transform Parnell Square into the cultural quarter of Dublin City with the provision of the new Dublin City Library by Pritzker Prize Architects Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell.
10. Aerial Tour
Looking down at the city from above, Architect Niall McCullough talks us through the complex building maze of geometric shapes and lines that make up the fabric of Dublin city.