OPEN HOUSE FESTIVAL 2016 / DUBLIN

The Brass Kitchen, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

THE ARCHITECTS FESTIVAL

What is The Open House Festival?

Open House Dublin (OHD) is Ireland’s largest architecture festival, inviting all citizens to explore their city. It works through a simple but powerful idea: showcasing outstanding architecture for everyone to experience. Buildings that aren’t usually accessible to the public and buildings of architectural merit open their doors for one weekend, with architectural tours provided by expert guides (source click here).

In my opinion, it is the best festival/event taking place in Dublin. I have been looking forward to it with a great enthusiasm every year and been attending the festival regularly. It is well organised, always with helpful volunteers offering catalogues for sale at every door, which are decorated with white balloons that help to spot the place easily. The viewers are broken into small groups and are guided by either an owner of the place, an architect involved in the project or a manager who runs the business or an institution. During the tour, the public can find out valuable information about the history of the place, the inspiration for the design, compromises and problems, which accrued during the creation process.

The houses inside are often a great surprise, featuring a clever architectural solution, original concept and skilled innovations. All followed by tasteful interior design often spiced up with recognizable pieces of furniture from the Bauhaus period or classic a Scandinavian design.

 

THE BRASS & MARBLE KITCHEN

This is a house I have seen during The Open House Festival in 2016.  It is a three floors Victorian house located in South Dublin. The group I was in was guided by the Landlady of the house, who also mentioned that one floor was available for rent as Airbnb.

The pearl of the house definitely is the brass kitchen which reflects the light and bounces off the golden glow. Marks on the surface work very well with the walls which reveal layers of different paints that previously decorated the space. The Landlady mentioned they did have an idea to paint the walls in a particular colour but after cleaning the walls they decided to leave it as it is. It definitely adds a lot of character to the place while giving it a slightly rough, an unfished look which works very well with patterned white marble and very present brass featured around the house. All combined with the collection of odd chairs.

Even if at first the renovation process of the house appears unfished every single object in this house is very well thought through, creating balanced styling entirety. Huge applause to the Lady of the house!

The images were taken with my HTC mobile phone, the resolution could be better but surprisingly it worked pretty well.

THE BRASS KITCHEN

The Brass Kitchen, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb
The Brass Kitchen, Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

The Brass Kitchen, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

The Brass Kitchen, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

The Brass Kitchen, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

The Brass Kitchen, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

THE BROWN KITCHEN

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb
Open House Festival, Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

THE FIREPLACE

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb
Open House Festival, Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

The Brass Kitchen, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

THE WALL

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb
Open House Festival, Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

THE CHAIR, SOFAS, SINK

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb
Open House Festival, Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

PLANTS & PATIO

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb
Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Open House Festival, Rathmaines, Dublin, Ireland, Airbnb

Author: Aleksandra Walkowska

SENTIMENTAL DETAILS

Brass letterbox in Dublin, Ireland

THE DEVIL IN THE DOORS DETAIL

The details are not the details.
They make the
design.

Charles Eames ~Architect&Furniture Designer

WHAT WILL BE REMEMBERED?

Recently I had to move out of a place where I spent a good few years of my life. The time has come and the change was needed. Time to make a space for something new. Humans will get used to anything. We often find comfort in strange places and situations. Adaptation is the survival skill. The rescue and the trap.

What makes a place? What’s remembered?
Smell, texture, light, sometimes sounds. The small details.

The Edwardian house I had to move out from in Dublin had some hidden characteristics, original, historical details. Brass door handle, letterbox frame, door press that has not been working for a hundred years! The front door resembles an old tree where history reveals itself.

 

I was experimenting with angles in my short photo documentary. While writing this post I am experimenting with the WordPress new plugin called Gutenberg.

Review of the Gutenberg plugin; working with images is fun while creating columns and different layouts. Working with text is less fun. Every time the return key is pressed the plugin creates a new text box. Confusing when it comes to creating spaces between text and image boxes. Hard to generate clear spaces.

***

***


***


***


***

Author: Aleksandra Walkowska

CHAPELIZOD ILLUSTRATIONS

Phone box in Chapelizod, Dublin, Ireland

TOUR OF THE VILLAGE

Chapelizod is one of many places described by James Joyce in his book Ulysses. After reading chosen fragments referring to the place I designed a series of images following the same creative style and technique. Each image carries a vibrant colour against the monochromatic background. I wanted to create an abstract, dream-like feel to the series.

I do not know much about the village other than it is a rather old place located just beside The Phoenix Park in Dublin. You get the feeling once it was a pleasant place to live in where all the neighbours knew each other. Today, it is a place with no personality, no life or character. Used only as a passing place to other destinations.

Picking up on that mood I have chosen the most significant landmarks. Places that once had something to offer. At present they seem outdated, forgotten and isolated.

 

LEMON GREEN

Ireland sober is Ireland stiff – James Joyce

Eircom phone box, once upon a time offered the use of modern technology and communication. At present covered in a spider web, contrasting with an old building wrapped in ivy.

Phone box in Chapelizod, Dublin, Ireland
Phone box in Chapelizod, Dublin, Ireland
Phone box in Chapelizod, Dublin, Ireland
Photograph traced in Illustrator
Phone box in Chapelizod, Dublin, Ireland
Photoshop, Illustrator and photo manipulation.

ORANGE

A nation is the same people living in the same place – James Joyce

Will this boat be ever used again? … Probably not. Because what would it be used for? Fishing? Recreation? The owner may have left the village and has forgotten all about it. You can sens the physical presence of a person. The no more existing owner of the boat.

Chapelizod river, Dublin, Ireland
Chapelizod river, Dublin, Ireland
Chapelizod river, Dublin, Ireland
Photoshop, Illustrator and photograph manipulation

 

TURQUOISE

No pen, no ink, no table, no room, no time, no quiet, no inclination – James Joyce

 

Not a living soul. The town is empty. Walls of those buildings are as fragile as an eggshell. Unrealistic birds flying through the town. On their way to a warmer more hopeful places.

Wake up now!

Main Street in Chapelizod, Dublin, Ireland
Main Street in Chapelizod, Dublin, Ireland
Main Street in Chapelizod, Dublin, Ireland
Photoshop, Illustrator and photograph manipulation

 

Author: Aleksandra Walkowska

MARVELS OF SCIENCE POSTER

Marvels of Science poster

BOOKS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

Marsh Library is located just beside St. Patrick Cathedral in Dublin. It is a truly magical and mysterious place. As a visitor, you can sense the three hundred years old history hidden in books, walls and dark oak wood that was used to build the library. The atmosphere resembles the mood of the place described by Umberto Eco in his book called The Name of the Rose.

After visiting the library I was given a project to design a poster for the Dublin Science Conference in 2012.

 

   

The Universe is floating in space, inviting viewers to an exhibition in Marsh Library. The whole poster was designed and manipulated in Photoshop where I tried different colour combinations.

Marvels of Science poster
Marvels of Science final version

 

Marvels of Science poster
Marvels of Science monochromatic

 

Marvels of Science poster
Marvels of Science working version

 

Author: Aleksandra Walkowska

COLD WAR POSTER

Space travel poster based on 1960s style. Cold War period.

SPACE TRAVEL POSTER

The Cold War period was the time of a geopolitical tension between the Soviet Union and the United States. The forty years of the competition between powers were also a great inspiration for a space travel.

The futuristic poster I designed has elements of 1950s styling. The characteristics of the typeface were often used on American advertising posters and illustrations. It is also the time when American society was moulded into mass consumers through the industrial design. The style equals function.

   

Travelling in space is possible! Three rockets are leaving the planet Mars heading towards the planet Earth. The Moon is in between them. To emphasise The Cold War period and the clashes between the East and the West on the top part of the poster, I used the Russian language, which translates to:

Aeromars. Go beyond the frames of the obvious.

 

Space travel poster based on 1960s style. Cold War period.
Monochromatic version

 

Space travel poster based on 1960s style. Cold War period.
Three colours experiment: brown, red, yellow

 

Space travel poster based on 1960s style. Cold War period.
The final version

 

Author: Aleksandra Walkowska

BREAD PACKAGING

Olive bread packaging

THE BAKER ON NASSAU BREAD PACKAGING

The brief asked for a label design for an imaginary gourmet bread line, produced by The Baker on Nassau. Each bread has its own history, tradition and recipe.

I based my concept on the bread origin. Emphasising typefaces as a reference to a cultural aspect of the place. Each label tells a brief history of the product. The label wraps the bread in such a way the consumers could hold it without getting covered in a floor.

 

 

Gold Rush bread label typeface refers to 1920s in America and the yellow colour is a reference to sun heat, gold and corn.

Leningrad bread label typeface refers to Lenin and the red colour is a reference to Communist Russia.

Dubh bread label typeface refers to Celtic Ireland and the green colour is a colour of Ireland, the Green Emerald.

Olive Branch bread label typeface refers to the traditional Greek alphabet. The blue colour is a colour of sunny Greece, the popular holiday’s destination.

PRESENTATION OF THE BREAD LABELS

bread packaging
Gold Rush&Leningrad bread packaging
bread packaging
Dubh&Olive Branch bread packaging

 

 

DUBH – IRISH BREAD PACKAGING

 

Dubh bread packaging

Dubh bread packaging
Dubh bread packaging

GOLD RUSH – AMERICAN BREAD PACKAGING

 

Gold Rush bread packaging

Gold Rush bread packaging
Gold Rush bread packaging

 

LENINGRAD – RUSSIAN BREAD PACKAGING

Leningrad bread packaging

Leningrad bread packaging
Leningrad bread packaging

 

BLACK OLIVE – GREEK BREAD PACKAGING

 

Olive bread packaging
Olive bread packaging

 

LABELS DETAILS

Gold Rush bread packaging
Gold Rush bread packaging
Leningrad bread packaging
Leningrad bread packaging
Olive bread packaging
Olive bread packaging
Dubh bread packaging
Dubh bread packaging

 

Author: Aleksandra Walkowska