PICK OF THE WEEK
creating a clatter for labels like R&S, Clone and Hessle. From Madrid, Manuel Anós is Psyk, the producer behind the Non Series label and whose releases for Tresor and Mote-Evolver have found favour with connoisseurs of quality techno.
HOUSE Room 19 A new venue for the city as Hidden Agenda and This Greedy Pig join forces to transform part of the Grand Social into a new clubbing space. For tonight’s event, they’ve got Robsoul label kingpin Phil Weeks at the top of the bill, the house purist whose label has released tracks from Derrick Carter, DJ Sneak and tons more. He’s joined by Washerman, aka Swiss producer and former Azuni member Gianna Siravo, Dublin duo Long Island Sound and Oisin Egan.
AVANT GARDE Sean Mac Erlaine/Valgeir Sigurðsson OPEN HOUSE DUBLIN This weekend as part of Open House Dublin, iconic buildings such as Farmleigh House and Green Street Courthouse are hosting special tours, and smaller, private dwellings transformed by ingenious design will also open their doors to the traipsing public.
Have a meta-moment and check in to Facebook on Facebook while on a tour of the building’s headquarters at Grand Canal Dock (pre-booking necessary). Frank Gehry is one of America’s most famous architects and these offices were designed by his firm in 2014 to reflect Facebook’s “open culture”. Note the soaring glass facades which allow us to look into their business (above), for a change.
The 20th century façade of 9/9a Aungier Street reveals nothing of its interior, but step inside and see the remains of a house surviving from 1664 with an original staircase, roof structure, medieval-style timber-framing, and original paint and plaster finishes, which pre-date Georgian Dublin by more than half a century. Or visit a three-room Iveagh Trust Museum Flat on Patrick Street, which was once the 1907 home to the Molloy Family of eight.
Head down towards Phoenix Park and take this opportunity to explore the iconic Criminal Courts of Justice building in its quieter moments when it’s emptied of its usual terrifying frequenters: the lawyers.
In modern Dublin, everything is where something else used to be. In 1815, Grangegorman saw the opening of the Richmond Lunatic Asylum. Nowadays, St Brendan’s is the smaller psychiatric hospital in its place, and the site is in the throes of redevelopment by DIT Grangegorman, with the winner of Irish Building and Design Award 2016 taking pride of place in the middle of it all. Walking tours will take place over the weekend.
If you want to see Grangegorman from another angle, Home on the Grange offers a “sauntering” art exhibition and an evening of music and stories through houses, flats and squats of the neighbourhood.
And finally, who doesn’t love a big beautiful bridge. Starting at the Millennium Bridge, Sunday’s two-hour walking tour will take you along the Bridges of the Liffey while former city engineer Michael Phillips, explains the how, when and why of each . Feel free to shout “Take it to the bridge, Michael!” whenever there’s a lull. (You probably shouldn’t.)