Thursday 8 August 2013

Diary date: Open House Dublin, 4–6 October

One of my favourite annual events – Open House Dublin – will take place on Friday to Sunday 4–6 October.

Over one weekend, 100 great Dublin buildings of all types and periods will open up their doors to allow visitors to explore the architecture of their city, with special tours by hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts. It's all free.

This year's Open House Dublin sees a hugely diverse collection of buildings on the programme. Visitors can explore several buildings within a type or choose to spend their weekend hopping from buildings that have been put to all kinds of uses, from sport to religion and from domestic to government. This year’s 100 have been chosen to surprise and delight the public, with 60% of the venues new to the programme and each one offering a unique insight into Dublin’s architectural story.

As well as building tours, Open House Dublin 2013 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 a special “Architrek” event in DĂșn Laoghaire.

Most building tours are open on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no pre-book tours this year but a small number of building tours will be available to book on a lottery basis. The full programme will be released in September. For now, just put the date in your diary, or, if you are interested in becoming an Open House Volunteer or Tour Guide, please email.

Open House Dublin is presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation.