Open House 2015 kicks off this weekend. This year there’s no need to leave it up to chance as we’ve compiled a list of houses where no email lotteries apply. Just be sure to get there early, as all tours of these stunning abodes are first come, first served…
College Green Apartments
Completed in May this year, the conservation of the upper part of this former bank building dating back to 1863 now accommodates eight luxury apartments. Hand me the key!
Visitor information Time: Saturday October 17, 11am-4.30pm and Sunday October 18, 12-4pm. Location: 23-27 College Green, Dublin 2.
City House + Workplace
Refurbished home-above-shop encompassing a design studio below and residence above. An unexpected contemporary wooden cabin awaits inside, dotted with classic leather and suede furnishing. Perfect.
Visitor information Time: Saturday October 17, 11am-3pm. Location: 41 Francis Street, Dublin 8.
The last surviving gate lodge of the Marlay Demesne 247-acre estate. now Marlay Park. has been recently restored and is the new home of the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland’s headquarters. This idyllic cottage ornée dating from 1790 would put Sleeping Beauty’s woodland dwelling to shame any day of the week.
Visitor information Time: Saturday October 17, 11am-4.30pm. Location: Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin.
The Nest House
A series of structural grids, the plan of this pad has been determined by sunlight. Keep an eye out for the gentle gradient of the concrete stairs, a show-stopping feature.
Visitor information Time: Saturday October 17, 11am-4.30pm. Location: 26 Leinster Avenue, North Strand, Dublin 3.
1 Nuns’ Lane
These two concrete cubes in Kilester house a workspace and living space in two distinct wings. Worth a viewing for the interesting layout and double height bookcases alone. Architect Donal Hickey took every daily aspect into consideration for the design, even the dappling effect created by the sunlight through the trees.
Visitor information Time: Sunday October 18, 1pm-4.30pm. Location: 1 Nuns’ Lane, Killester, Dublin 5.
3 Enniskerry Road
A Victorian redbrick with a twist designed by architect Thomas O’Brien; the extension is inspired by the raw quality of the wooden skeleton of a building.
Visitor information Time: Saturday October 17, 11am- 4.30pm. Location: 3 Enniskerry Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 7.
19 Palmerston Road
The sunken garden room of a Ranelagh redbrick is based on the golden ratio, a proportion comprising an area of a square plus the area of a rectangle that is half the width of the square, particularly inspiring to 20th century artists and architects such as Le Corbusier and Dalí.
Visitor information Time: Sunday October 18, 12-2pm. Location: 19 Palmerston Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6.
Victorian Townhouse and Mews Garden Studio
Backing onto the Botanical Gardens, this townhouse and garden studio are models of sustainability. Designed by the resident architect John Feely, this building unites the interior and landscape space beautifully.
Visitor information Time: Saturday October 17, 12-4.30pm. Location: 171 Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.
This 1950s boutique guesthouse, designed by former resident architect Sam Stephenson is a favourite of John Rocha’s and has a wonderful example of a sunken lounge in the style of Eero Saarinen.
Visitor information Time: Sunday October 18, 12-4.30pm. Location: 31 Leeson Close, Dublin 2.
14 Park Terrace
Though tight on the square footage, this city abode is a gem of a pad, a perfect example of a building that is small but perfectly formed.
Visitor information Time: Saturday October 17, 11am-4.30pm. Location: 14 Park Terrace, The Coombe, Dublin 8.