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July 23, 2014

American Embassy building among highlights of Open House Dublin 2014

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The ninth annual Open House Dublin will take place from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th October 2014. Over one weekend, great Dublin buildings of all types and periods will open up their doors to allow citizens and visitors to explore the architecture of their city, with special tours by hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts, completely for free.

First time and incredibly exciting additions to the Open House Dublin programme in 2014 include the modernist icon that is the US Embassy in Dublin 4, by architect John M Johansen; the show-stopping Air BnB European Hub designed by Heneghan Peng; the award-winning Airfield House redevelopment by McLoughlin Architects and Solearth; the imposing Convention Centre Dublin by renowned Dublin-born architect Kevin Roche, and an early look inside the eagerly anticipated dlr LexIcon, the official name for the new Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Central Library and Cultural Centre, due to open its doors to the public in Autumn 2014, due to open its doors to the public in October 2014.

Up-and-coming architects are also featured in this year’s programme, with Blackrock’s Bear Market Coffee Shop by VAV Architects, the new pavillion at Merrion Cricket Club by TAKA Architects and a renovation and extension of a 1930s Clontarf home by Architectural Farm.

Themed LEARNING FROM BUILDINGS, Open House Dublin 2014 focuses on buildings that teach us something: about society at a given time in history, about the people involved in making them, and about the character of our city.

As well as building tours, Open House Dublin 2014 will include Open House Junior, a series of creative and lively events to enable young participants to play architect for the weekend, including hands-on architecture workshops in galleries and museums and Open House Plus, made up of ancillary exhibitions, walking tours and film screenings, among other events.

The Full Open House Dublin 2014 programme available in mid September.

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