Open House Dublin 2012: the "Résidence de France"
The Embassy of France in Ireland is delighted to announce its participation in Open House Dublin 2012 which takes place from 5th to 7th October 2012. Over one weekend, almost 100 buildings of all types and periods will open up their doors to allow citizens and visitors explore the architecture of their city, with special tours by hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts, along with 40 other associated events, completely for free.
ARCHITECTURE ALIVE! is the theme of OPEN HOUSE DUBLIN 2012, and is an exploration of the vitality of Dublin through its architecture, and the people who experience it. Cities are fluid, they have the capacity to live, grow and develop and ARCHITECTURE ALIVE! wants us to think about the impact buildings have on our lives and how they shape our environment and us.
The Résidence de France , formally known as Mytilene, is an impressive detached house featuring twin entrance gates, flanked by square granite pillars with a granite balustrade and wide steps leading to a pillared front entrance. It was constructed of white bricks with inset designs of black bricks and an ornamental rosette frieze with porcelain finish. It was beautifully planned with gardens and grounds. Since the 1930s, it has been the official residence of the French Ambassador.
Open House Dublin 2012
Résidence de France, 53 Ailesbury Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Saturday, 6th October: 10am – 5pm (Pre-booking essential)