Oct 26, 2016–Sep 22, 2017

House and Home

Residential Projects from the collections of the Irish Architectural Archive
45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 Map
Tue–Fri 10am–5pm

House and Home features over forty original architectural drawings, as well as publications, models and photographs, for residential projects in Ireland.

Included are proposals for thatched cottages, suburban semi-Ds, one-off bungalows, blocks of flats, country houses of varying sizes, and even a maison de plaisance. Reflecting the chronological spread of the Archive’s holdings, the works range in date from the mid-eighteenth century to the late twentieth. Some of these projects were built, others merely proposed. Of those that were built, some are extremely modest, others highly ambitious, even adventurous. Of the unbuilt, some are generic archetypes, others unrealisable fantasy. What all of these diverse designs have in common is that they are tangible demonstrations of architects exercising their architectural imaginations to tackle the question of how to provide quality homes for Irish people.