The Open House Buildings You Need To See

Victorian Fruit and Veg Markets

Open House Dublin returns this weekend offering locals the chance to explore the best architecture the city has to offer. Launched eleven years ago by the Irish Architecture Foundation, the theme of this year’s event is how the past affects our experience of contemporary Dublin. With over 100 buildings to discover, as well as activities and workshops, here’s our pick of the best of what’s on offer.

The National Concert Hall
Originally built in 1865, the building was previously used by University College Dublin and only opened as The National Concert Hall in 1981 and is now home to the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. There are plans in place for the refurbishment of the building, some of it is already underway, so if you’ve never visited before, now is the time.

National Concert Hall

The National Concert Hall

Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market
Located in the heart of Dublin’s Market Quarters, the exterior of the wholesale fruit and vegetable market is a work of art – you could spend hours examining the medley of terracotta vegetable and fish decorations. Bustling with traders for the wholesale markets midweek, this is an opportunity to have a peek inside when it’s not so busy.

Dublin Victorian Fruit And Vegetable Market

Victorian fruit and vegetable market (Image,, Sam Boal, Photocall Ireland)

Arran Street East Studio and Shop
Nominated in our Best Tableware category in this year’s Design Awards, Arran Street East is just around the corner from the Wholesale Fruit and Veg Market. The refurbished 18th century Dutch Billy building on Little Green Street is home to the design studio – which is also used for pottery workshops – and shop. A visit here is a must to see the process and production of their beautifully-crafted pieces.

Arran Street East

Arran Street East

9/9A Aungier Street
Located in the historic centre of Dublin, this unassuming townhouse dates from 1664 and is known as the oldest intact domestic building in Dublin. Refurbishment has begun to restore the interior but you can still find an original staircase, roof structure and medieval-style timber framing.

9:9A Aungier Street

9/9A Aungier Street

79 St Augustine Street
This property has been on our wish list ever since we featured it on our Top Dublin AirB&B rentals. While the building has been renovated, it was discovered that the foundations of this townhouse have been built on the original medieval city wall. The quirky décor and ‘upside-down’ living – to maximise light – are a must-see.

79 St Augustine Street

79 St Augustine Street

Other highlights of the weekend include Bridging the Liffey, a walking tour that kicks off on Millenium Bridge, and Construct, Draw, Imagine! family workshops taking place on Saturday and Sunday at The Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin 1.

Featured image: Victorian fruit and vegetable markets

Open House takes place on October 14-16,


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