Open House Dublin 2016: The Presence of the Past

15 October 2016

Further Information

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios opens its doors to the public for the 11th edition of Open House Dublin on Saturday 15 October 2016.

Saturday 15 October 2016 | 11am – 5pm
First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers.
Wheelchair Access.
Designed by: McCullough Mulvin | Building Date: 1994
Location: 5-9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

2016 marks the 11th edition of Open House Dublin, presented annually by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF), which takes place from Fri 14th to Sun 16th October 2016.

The theme for the 2016 outing of this free annual celebration of the city’s best architecture, when buildings of all types and periods open their doors to allow citizens and visitors to explore, is The Presence of the Past.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S) is an artists’ community in the heart of Dublin city centre. Founded in 1983, the building houses 30 artists’ studios in which professional visual artists make their work and a contemporary gallery which exhibits Irish and International artists. In 1994, as part of redevelopment of Temple Bar as a Cultural Quarter, McCullough Mulvin Architects re-designed and built a new addition – where the studios and gallery are now housed. Formally a shirt factory, the industrial nature of the building was aligned to provide high quality individual studio spaces on the 3 floors of the building, and a white cube gallery, at street front level. The building faces the River Liffey on its north façade and looks onto Temple Bar Square, facing south. A defining feature of the building’s architecture is the Atrium that rises the full height at the core of the building – with its oval void and concrete stairwell. Artist Paul Bokslag's site-specific sculpture Shaft will be installed in the Atrium during Open House Dublin.

Open House Dublin is presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) and is part of the Open House Worldwide Family. The IAF, who delivered its first Open House Dublin in 2006, has firmly established the project as Ireland’s largest architectural event with an estimated 27,000 building visits in 2015. Established in 2005, the IAF’s role is to be a vibrant and passionate organisation that excites its audiences about the value of architecture.

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