Award-winning Colivet Court joins OpenHouse Limerick

An award-winning communal residential development for older people in the Southill area of Limerick City will this weekend open its doors to the public as part of OpenHouse Limerick (OHL) 2014.

Monday 29th September 2014
 
An award-winning communal residential development for older people in the Southill area of Limerick City will this weekend open its doors to the public as part of OpenHouse Limerick (OHL) 2014.
 
Designed by ABK Architects and built by Clancy construction, Colivet Court was recently named winner of Best Housing category at the 2014 Irish Architecture Awards. The 35-apartment development is among 30 of Limerick's most intriguing and historic buildings to be opened to the public, some for the first time, during the 3rd annual OpenHouse Limerick which gets underway this Friday and continues through Sunday.
 
Speaking ahead of OpenHouse Limerick 2014, Gerard Deegan, Housing Officer at Colivet Court said: "The Clúid Housing Association are delighted to take part in OpenHouse Limerick and to showcase the fantastic work that has been carried out at Colivet Court. A shining example of a well-designed built environment, Colivet Court is an ideal match for OpenHouse. As a not-for-profit organisation, we are immensely proud of this project."
 
Colivet Court consists of 35 apartments and a Communal Facility arranged around a shared, central courtyard garden. The first residents moved into the €5.6m development this summer.  The buildings are a mix of one, two and three storeys creating a perimeter block.
 
"Within this perimeter block, a private, secure garden is created that is the heart of this housing development, a place where a community can meet, gather and feel secure," added Mr. Deegan, "The aim of the development is to foster a sense of community for the residents as well as providing high quality, modern, secure homes for older people in the Southill area. Those who visit the development this weekend as part of OpenHouse Limerick will be able to see this for themselves."
 
OpenHouse was first established in London in 1992 as an initiative to show first-rate architecture to the general public, stirring an interest for urban built heritage. Limerick is a member organisation of the Open House Worldwide Family which also includes London, New York, Helsinki, Melbourne, Slovenia, and Dublin and Galway.  
 
The medieval Castlegarde building in Cappamore, Limerick Circuit Courthouse, the new academic block at Glenstal Abbey School, the 19th century railway station house at Patrickswell and the Munster Council GAA Headquarters at Castletroy will also be opening to the public as part of this year's initiative, which is hosted by the LimerickOpenHouse Committee in partnership with the Irish Architecture Foundation and The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI). 
 
As well as featuring tours of more than 30 buildings of all types and periods, OpenHouse Limerick 2014 will also include a bus tour, lectures, exhibitions, walking tours and children’s workshops. Architecture and Culture are the themes of OpenHouse Limerick 2014, tying in with Limerick City of Culture 2014.
 
In the run up to OpenHouse Limerick 2014 meanwhile, children in five primary schools across Limerick have participated in OpenEducation, funded by a Limerick City of Culture 2014 'Made in Limerick' grant. Over the course of four weekly sessions, led by OpenHouse Limerick's artist/architect team of Caelan Bristow, Seán Collins and Nicola McMahon, the students have been brought through the concepts of art, design, architecture and space to create their own individual pieces. The children’s work will be exhibited on Saturday 4th October 2-5 on Rutland Street.
 
Dr. Pippa Little, Assistant Arts Officer said: “This innovative project, 'Imagining: My Home, My Neighbourhood, My City' allowed for five classes to engage with architecture and their built environment. The students’ work exhibited this weekend reflects their deep engagement with and enjoyment of the process."
 
All OpenHouse Limerick tours and walks are organised by the participating institutions in cooperation with the OpenHouseLimerick Committee, the Architects Department of Limerick City and County Council, Limerick Arts Office and The Office of Limerick Regeneration.
 
For further details on the OpenHouseLimerick 2014 programme visit www.openhouselimerick.ie or contact 061-407188 / info@OpenHouseLimerick.ie.

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