The Irish Architectural Archive at the back of Merrion Square has regular small exhibitions that are open to the public. Running at the moment is 'Restless Pencil', a collection of sketches, photos and architectural drawings by the Irish architect Noel Moffet, and they are being shown to mark the centenary of his birth.
The thing that is so interesting about this small exhibition is how current his designs seem. A couple of his modernist house plans look like anything you would see today on the self-build TV programme Grand Designs. He also designed a pod-style development of sheltered housing for the elderly based on the Giant's Causeway.
The Architectural Archive is at 45 Merrion Square. It is open from 10-5 and you will have to ring a buzzer at the glass doors to gain access; the exhibition room is through the hall and in the room on the left. It is right on our doorstep and for many city workers can be wandered around in a lunch hour so why not pop in.
Restless Pencil runs until the 26th April 2013. www.iarc.ie