High density properties, new public buildings and the old terminal at Dublin Airport all feature in the third Open House festival.

In its third year, the Open House architectural festival provides Dubliners with the chance to go inside buildings they usually only see from the street.

A total of 136 houses, offices and apartments are participating in Open House Dublin, including Alto Vetro, a sixteen-storey residential development from Treasury Holdings, on Grand Canal Quay in Dublin’s Docklands.

Architect Shay Cleary believes high rise buildings should be only be used for particular locations or landmark buildings,

In the main I think for much of the city, high rise isn’t necessary.

The aim of Open House, presented annually by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF), is to re-engage Dubliners with their capital's built environment. Director at the IAF Nathalie Weadick believes this is proving successful as

Every year more people are taking to the streets and actually engaging in their built environment and you know, similarly people are actually contacting our offices and saying you know can you do it, can we do it in our city.

For the first time Open House features buildings in all four Dublin local authorities; Dublin City, Fingal, South Dublin and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

In Fingal, Dublin Airport’s original 1940s terminal building is part of the Open House line-up.

In Dún Laoghaire the headquarters of the Commissioners of Irish Lights, with its emphasis on energy efficiency is participating.

In Tallaght, the Rua Red Arts Centre is taking part, even though it has not officially opened to the public . Rua Red director Karen Phillips says

We feel it’s a very significant building, in terms of county wide progression but also because it would be a regional centre of excellence, we are looking at international artists to coming here to perform and exhibit.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 October 2008. The reporter is Paul Cunningham.