Open House 2017

Open House Dublin is an annual event organised by the Irish Architecture Foundation consisting of lectures, tours and other architecture-related events.

One of this year’s event was the “Dublin 2 Modern ” tour organised by architect Simon Walker of DoCoMoMo Ireland.

Tour of modernist post-war buildings in Dublin 2 areas consisted of mix of ill-fated and here-to-stay edfices.

ESB HQ building by Stephenson Gibney [1968], or rather what’s left of it.

ESB HQ 2017
Leftovers of the ESB HQ building photographed during demolition in 2017.

Bank of Ireland HQ by Scott Tallon Walker [1974], now after extensive refurbishment (by STW) called the Miesian Plaza, and with the status of a protected structure is not threatened for a forseeable future.

Miesian Plaza 2017
All-new Miesian Plaza’s extensive refurbishment nearing the completion in 2017.

Bord Fáilte HQ by Michael Scott & Partners [1961], subject to current An Bord Pleanala review, but the future of the building is bleak.

Bord Failte 2017
Bord Fáilte HQ. Dilapidating unused for a decade. 2017

Fitzwilton House by Burley and Shoolheifer [1969]still here, but despite DoCoMoMo’s efforts scheduled for demolition.

Fitzwilton House 2017
Brutalist Fitzwilton House, 2017

Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies in Burlington Road by Stephenson Gibney [1971], barely known modernist gem.

IAS 2017
DIAS, still in original use, almost unchanged since the 70’s. 2017

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