For the second year running, the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) and Airbnb have worked together to shine a spotlight on some of the best of Dublin’s architecture through Open House Dublin, Ireland’s biggest architecture festival.
At Airbnb, we believe home sharing has the power to open up local communities by sharing local culture and creating a sense of belonging for travellers. Open House Dublin exemplifies this belief in their own unique way, by making connectivity and discovery open to everybody.
Naturally, we jumped at the chance to open the doors of our offices based on Hanover Quay to the public for the weekend. Across the two-day event, we were able to host more than 1,000 visitors (plus two inquisitive dogs!) — giving a real insight into the history of our incredible space.
The office is one of the last remaining warehouses characterising the Dublin Docklands. It is also thought to be home to Ireland’s first fridge when the building was home to Dublin Ice & Cold Storage from 1865 to 1950. On top of this, a handful of our hosts opened up their homes for the event — offering an even broader array of local architecture at this year’s festival and showcasing the best of Dublin.
James McClure, Airbnb General Manager for Northern Europe said:
Airbnb is committed to helping make every city we work in stronger socially, economically, and environmentally, and Dublin is no exception. Our hosts are proud of their homes, and Open House Dublin is a natural partner for us as fellow champions of Irish hospitality, great design and great homes. We’re very proud to support Open House Dublin for a second year, and help to grow the reach of this creative and important event.