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What's behind a closed door? Public invited into 100 buildings across capital for Open House Dublin weekend

Denise Calnan

Published 03/10/2013 | 14:45

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Aras An Uachtarain. Feature Story for Valerie Vetter.
Pic Steve Humphreys
12th October 2011.
Aras An Uachtarain. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Always wondered what was behind a closed door?

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This weekend could be your chance to discover parts of the capital you’ve never seen before and learn about Dublin’s architectural story.

Aras an Uachtaráin will be open for visitors, although President Michael D Higgins mightn’t be around for tea and scones.

And for fans of the ‘sliotar’, the Etihad Skyline at Croke Park will be open for all who want a peek at the pitch and city beyond from 44 metres above.

From the obvious to the overlooked, 100 Dublin buildings will be open for free to the public as part of Open House Dublin 2013, from October 5 to 7.

Over 60 of this year’s buildings are new to the programme as visitors are offered the chance to spend the weekend moving around the city, discovering buildings created for commercial, cultural, domestic, fashion and government.

Dublin Dental Hospital, designed by McCullough Mulvin Architects and Dublin City Council’s award-winning social housing Sean Treacy House by Paul Keogh Architects are just two of the modern highlights of the experience.

A selection of more classic buildings such as Michael Scott’s 1952 Donnybrook Bus Depot and Andy Devane’s 1976 St Fintan’s Church, Sutton also feature on the programme.

Hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts will be on hand for special tours around the buildings.

And there’s something for the kids as well, especially if they’ve always wanted to a be a architect.

Open House Junior is a series of creative events that allow kids to play ‘designer’, have Open Space walking, cycling and boat tours to explore the spaces between buildings and a series of talks, discussions and exhibitions about the buildings around us.

Full details of the weekend are available on openhousedublin.com and there are Open House Dublin maps available at the GPO and City Hall, Dame Street.

All Open House Dublin events are free of charge, and only a small proportion required pre-booking.

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