‘Origami House’ opens to public

The Origami House, Magherafelt
The Origami House, Magherafelt

AWARD winning architect Jane Burnside from Magherafelt is to open the doors to the Origami House, for European Heritage Open Days.

Jane Burnside, former pupil of Rainey Endowed and now a member of the Board of Governors of Rainey Endowed, said: “I was very flattered to be asked by the NIEA to include the Origami House in the European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) which is a once a year chance to discover our hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours and events that bring our history and culture to life.

The Origami House, Magherafelt

The Origami House, Magherafelt

“The Origami House is one of only three modern houses in NI to be selected. Quite frankly, for my work to be considered historically and culturally significant by NIEA means more to me than any award that could be given!”

More than 300 buildings in Northern Ireland, including Springhill in Moneymore, will be open to the public for free on the weekend of Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September. Visit www.wonderfulni.info or contact NIEA by phone on 028 9054 3022 or by emailing ehd@doeni.gov.uk.

Last year’s event attracted over 56,000 visitors and this year more than 40 buildings have been added, including for the first time contemporary buildings such as the new Lyric Theatre and the Market Place Theatre, Armagh. Other new additions this year are the Titanic’s dry dock and pump house as well as Gosford Castle in Markethill, Co Armagh.

‘When the NIEA first approached me, I will admit I was hesitant about participating because when the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society ran a tour of two of my contemporary houses last year and it was doubly over subscribed.

“We had to cap that tour at forty people and run two tours – one inside and one outside to cope with the numbers. However, the NIEA were very sympathetic and couldn’t have been more helpful, and so it was suggested we limit the numbers and admission is by booking through the NIEA.

“I remember visiting Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous house Falling Water in the US when I lived and worked there.

“At that time you could book an early morning tour with limited tour group numbers. It was wonderful as you felt you had the house all to yourself leaving you free to enjoy it as if for that brief time it was yours.

“So right now I’m looking forward to the EHOD event and meeting the people interested in experiencing a different way of living with light and nature at our Origami House.”

Booking for the Origami House is essential. Tel NIEA on 028 9054 3022 or by emailing ehd@doeni.gov.uk