We are thrilled to have been a Corporate Sponsor of Ireland’s largest Architecture Festival, Open House Dublin this year! The GDA have enjoyed participating in this festival for several years now, as it provides a platform for celebrating the beauty of architecture, heritage, and community.
The Grangegorman site played host to 15 events, comprising new and old buildings, exhibitions and walking tours. Most events took place on Saturday, October 14th, 2023, with the GDA leading four walking tours exploring the site’s rich heritage and tracing the blueprint of the Grangegorman Masterplan as it shapes the site. Over 100 people attended the booked out tours, which were thoroughly enjoyed by all.
In addition to the GDA walking tours, there were tours of the new D7 Educate Together school and TU Dublin led a series of tours for the Lower House, Central Quad, and the East Quad.
The site also hosted the hugely successful RÚN exhibition from CoLab, which explored elements of Ireland’s darker heritage. This exhibition took place in the stabilised, but not yet fully restored, Church of Ireland Chapel on site. Due to popular demand, it was extended for a few extra days, ensuring more people could experience its compelling narrative.
As we look back on the Open House Festival, we would like to thank everyone who worked with us to bring so many events to the Grangegorman site, all the fantastic Open House volunteers and to everyone who joined us for the events.
We also developed ‘Fragments’, a series of journal articles and video interviews for Open House this year. ‘Fragments’, a three-part video conversation with Valerie Mulvin of McCullough Mulvin Architects and Dr Austin O’Carroll of the Grangegorman Primary Care Centre to discuss ageing, home, community, the city, and other fragments of life. See here to find out more https://openhousedublin.com/grangegorman-development-agency-fragments-1/11098/