Open House is all about the public having a peek for free into buildings often off-limits.

Some of the buildings on show include the Commissioners of Irish Lights Headquarters in Dun Laoghaire Harbour and a Georgian town-house on Eustace Street, one of the few 18th century examples to survive.

Many contemporary buildings are also involved, including a building in Killester that doubles as both home and office. Architect Donal Hickey says the design of this building is all about exploiting light.

‘Open House’ is not just for adults. The Ark in Temple Bar will be opening their doors, underlining a focus on making architecture interesting for children. Rachel McAree Education Curator of the Irish Architecture Foundation outlines the events taking place for children.

This year the 'Open House' theme is ‘Big, Small, Global’. Sandra O’Connell Curator of 'Open House' Dublin believes the 2010 programme is diverse, covering a broad range of buildings. During the festival, places like the Irish Film Institute will also be screening films about architecture.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 October 2010. The reporter is Paul Cunningham