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September 24, 2009

Open House Galway launches architectural festival

The inaugural Open House Galway programme was launched along with details of the city’s first architectural festival. The event, in partnership with the Irish Architecture Foundation, takes place from October 16 to 18. By selecting some of the city’s best examples of quality design, Open House aims to enthuse and engage the public in the built environment. Guided tours will be provided by the architect of each participating building.

From a luxurious penthouse in Lough Atalia, a restored Victorian residence in Taylor’s Hill, and a timber frame house in Newcastle, to the dramatic refurbishment of the Druid Theatre and the sensitive renovation of the Augustinian Church, Open House Galway has something for everybody in terms of challenging and exciting architectural design.

The design of the Marine Institute, Oranmore draws its inspiration from the sea itself, while An Teach Breac at the Western Regional Fisheries Board, is designed to take full advantage of its spectacular location overlooking the Salmon Weir. City Point, the newest and tallest building in Galway, as well as one of the oldest, Mutton Island Lighthouse, offer a unique opportunity to view first hand, the span of architectural design in Galway. Visit the tiny Bon Secours Hospital Chapel, featuring the liturgical cycle in stained glass, or check out the Custom House Extension, designed to showcase part of Galway’s rich archaeological past.

“Whether the design incorporates modern green technologies or elements of an earlier historical site, architects are constantly stretching themselves creatively and Open House Galway offers a wonderful opportunity to experience their innovative designs,” said Patrick McCabe, chairman of the steering group organising Open House Galway.

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