Open House Limerick festival returns this weekend

Open House Limerick is a festival celebration of contemporary architecture, urban design, heritage and place. it will return on the weekend of 19th –21st October. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Architecture is Community’, and it will explore how space is used by different groups, both as a place of congregation or through layered uses that are re-imagined through time. The weekend events include unparalleled access to private buildings, dwellings, spaces and projects across the region through tours and talks with architects, historians, urban designers and occupants. This year includes a number of previously unseen venues as well as some firmly established favourites.
Open House Limerick Launch 
The Open House Limerick Launch will be taking place at 6.30pm on Friday 19th October in The Gaff, Cecil Street. This evening launch will include a talk about the built works by Niall McLaughlin Architects, who is also the architect of the Rugby Experience. This will be presented by Tom McGlynn of that practice. The evening will wrap up with a selection of short films curated by Richard Harris Film Festival and Fresh Film Festival.
Talk by Jason Taylor

Open House Limerick are delighted to have Jason Taylor deliver a

 discussion on what makes good

urbanism and the role of policy (DMURS)

in ensuring quality, on Saturday 20th October at 6.30pm in Narrative 4. This talk is delivered
in association with An Taisce Limerick.
Free Market 
Open House Limerick are delighted to have Miriam Delaney and members of the Free Market Team present their exhibition on Saturday 20th October at 7.30pm in Narrative 4 as part of the festival programme. Free Market are currently exhibiting in the Irish Pavilion as part of the Venice Biennale, and have visited many towns around Ireland as part of their study, including Kilmallock and Kilrush.
Saint Mary’s Cathedral 

Open House Limerick will present of tours at Saint Mary’s Cathedral. Founded in 1168 AD, it is both a place of worship and one of Limerick’s top visitor attractions. It is an extraordinary Cathedral on King’s Island and it celebrates its 850th year throughout 2018. Tours will take place on Saturday 20th October from 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm & 3 pm. 

Limerick Courthouse in Mulgrave Street
Open House Limerick will present architect led tours at the new Limerick Courthouse in Mulgrave Street, designed by Wilson Architecture, during the Open House Limerick Weekend.  The courthouse in Mulgrave Street is a purpose built state-of-the-art facility. It is located on the site of a former artillery barracks, one of four in existence in Limerick in the 19th century. Tours will take place on Saturday 20th October, to book. Image courtesy of the architect.

Gardens International 

Open House Limerick will present architect led tours at the new Gardens International development. Designed by Carr Cotter & Naessens / Denis Byrne Architects, it has a unique character, enriched by the combination of dynamic, contemporary architecture and old heritage buildings, it will be Limerick’s first city centre LEED Gold certified office scheme. The tours will present visitors with a last chance of seeing this high-profile development before its new occupants move in. Tours will take place on Saturday 20th October, see to book.  Image courtesy of the architect.

Tours on the River 

In this year’s Open House Limerick festival, more focus has been given to the influence of the River Shannon on the lives of Limerick’s citizens. Inclusions such as the very popular Docklands tour kindly made available by Shannon Foynes Port Company, the landmark Boat Club buildings at Sarsfield Bridge courtesy of Limerick Boat Club, and the wonderful AK Ilen, Ireland’s last wooden sailing ship which was rebuilt as a joint community building process, offer a unique opportunity to experience Limerick City from the river that formed it.  See to book.

Coláiste Iósaef

Open House Limerick will present architect led tours of a new stand alone extension to Coláiste Iósaef, Kilmallock, designed by Healy Partners Architects. The new building accommodates teaching spaces and staff areas as well as a new PE hall for a secondary level school. Tours will take place on Sunday 21st October from 11.30am, 12.45pm & 2pm.

Image courtesy of the architect.

St. Gabriel’s Respite House

Open House Limerick will present architect led tours by DK Architects, of the first Respite House for children with physical disabilities and complex medical needs in the Mid-West. Tours will take place on Sunday 21st October from  11 am–2 pm.

CareBright Community 

Open House Limerick will present architect led tours of CareBright Community. Designed by Quinn Architects, it is Ireland’s first purpose built community for people living with dementia. This development is situated on a four-acre site in the heart of Bruff, providing independent living, along with a vibrant community for those living with dementia. Tours will take place on Sunday 21st October from 2–4 pm.

Walking Tours 

Hidden Public Rooms
As part of Open House Limerick, Peter Carroll of A2 Architects, will be leading a walking tour of Limerick City Centre with the aim to shed light on the multitude of hidden public rooms within its Medieval, Georgian, Victorian and contemporary fabric. This will take place on Saturday 20th October from 2 pm outside the GPO in Cecil Street. Image courtesy of the architect.
Tour of Irish Estates 
As part of Open House Limerick,  Michael O’Connor, praxis architecture, will be leading a walking tour of Irish Estates.
Located on the site of Lanahrone House (aka Albert Villa), Irish Estates was conceived by the Managing Director of Irish
Life Ltd., influenced by his travels to the USA, built to accommodate Airport staff. This will take place on Sunday 21st October from 12 pm at the Junction of Corbally Road and Shannon Drive.