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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Public to get a peek inside US Embassy with Open House

Published 23/07/2014 | 02:30

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The US Embassy in Ballsbridge
The US Embassy in Ballsbridge

The iconic US Embassy building in Dublin will open its doors to the public for the first time as part of a celebration of the best of Irish architecture.

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Open House Dublin will also allow people to visit the controversial Dun Laoghaire library ahead of its official opening, and to stroll around the award-winning Airfield House, which has recently been redeveloped.

The annual programme allows access to some of the city's most iconic buildings, and the theme this year is "learning from buildings".

"The theme 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," Nathalie Weadick of the Irish Architecture Foundation said.

Open House Dublin takes place on the weekend of October 17. Some tours will be on a first-come first-served basis, but in some cases visitors will be drawn by lottery.

Other highlights include the "show-stopping" Air BnB European Hub designed by Heneghan Peng; the imposing Convention Centre Dublin by renowned Dublin-born architect Kevin Roche; and an early look inside dlr LexIcon, the official name for the new Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Central Library and Cultural Centre.

Irish Independent

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