Open House at the DHg
With Liam Foran & Emma Gilleece
13 October 2018


Open House is an annual three-day festival of architecture, opening up usually inaccessible architectural treasures to the public with a programme of tours and talks. A renowned example of Brutalist architecture, The Douglas Hyde Gallery will be participating in Open House 2018 with a day-long programme of events.

Join us on 13 October between 11am and 5pm for tours of the building on the half hour, lead by a member of Trinity Architecture Society. Additionally, we’re delighted to announce two free special talks on the day.

2pm: The Man Who Built the Stairs, a talking tour by Liam Foran
As part of Open House at The Douglas Hyde Gallery, we welcome Chartered Builder Liam Foran, from Dublin. Forty years ago, Liam painstakingly hand-cast and assembled the concrete spiral and cantilevered staircases at the Gallery, step by step, as well as the concrete ceiling tiles. For Open House, Liam will bring visitors on a tour of the work he completed 40 years ago, explaining the process and his experience of the build.

3:30pm The Marmite of Architecture, a talk by Emma Gilleece 
Loved and loathed in equal measure, Brutalism has divided opinion since it first boldly appeared in our cities. Join architectural historian Emma Gilleece as she reveals the DHg’s construction, its secret spaces and Brutalism’s ‘Marmite effect’. Emma Gilleece is an architectural historian and conservationist with an MSc in Urban & Building Conservation (UCD). She is a regular contributor to Village magazine and is on the committee of DoCoMoMo Ireland.

Both talks are free, but ticketed.

Tickets for The Marmite of Architecture can be booked here.

Tickets for The Man Who Built the Stairs can be booked here.

Image: Gallery 1, The Douglas Hyde Gallery.