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Heneghan Peng’s Giant’s Causeway Visitor Center is a Stone Sanctuary on the Cliffs of Ireland
Posted By Molly Cotter On August 18, 2012 @ 2:00 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Design,Gallery,Landscape Architecture | No Comments
Dublin-based Heneghan Peng Architects have created a gorgeous visitor center for Giant's Causeway - Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of Ireland's most popular tourist attractions, the site called for a building that was strong, unique, and non-intrusive to the incredible panoramic seaside views. Built from the same basalt that formed the incredible coastal causeway columns, the visitor center is at one with nature. It blends into the landscape as a breathtaking collection of peaceful towers packed with BREEAM certified green features.
Giant’s Causeway  is a coastal area where about 40,000 basalt columns sprung up from the earth due to an ancient volcanic eruption. The remarkable collection of hexagonal rocks  has been named the fourth greatest natural wonder  in the United Kingdom. The site is one of Northern Ireland’s  most popular tourist spots, so Heneghan Peng  sought to create a visitor center that was informational, accessible, and respectful of the surrounding environment. The 1,800-square-meter facility consists of two levels, and its layout blocks the parking lot from most scenic views. The main building is made from the same quarried basalt material found nearby to seamlessly intertwine the building with its surroundings.
The visitor center’s BREEAM Excellent Rating  (a British environmental assessment system similar to LEED ) is due mainly to its strategically deployed systems. A geothermal heating  system is installed throughout the parking lot, while a meter of earth pipes  next to the main building helps to cool the center. The center’s recycled concrete walls also insulate the building, while rainwater recovery and a green roof  make the best use of Ireland’s heavy rainfall.
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 Giant’s Causeway: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant
 hexagonal rocks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basalt
 natural wonder: http://www.talktalk.co.uk/travel/uk_breaks/features/top-10-natural-wonders-of-the-uk.html
 Northern Ireland’s: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Ireland
 Heneghan Peng: http://www.hparc.com/work/giants-causeway-visitors-centre/
 BREEAM Excellent Rating: http://www.breeam.org/about.jsp?id=66
 LEED: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leadership_in_Energy_and_Environmental_Design
 geothermal heating: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geothermal_energy
 earth pipes: http://educate-yourself.org/dc/earthpipeconstruction.shtml
 green roof: http://inhabitat.com/green-roof/
 World Architecture News: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=20378
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