The Green Giant
Gentle slopes and the thundering North Atlantic are the setting for one of the most awe-inspiring natural phenomena on the Irish isle: the „Giant’s Causeway“ is formed by myriad hexagonal basalt columns. Tightly grouped together, they look like a ramp that leads into the sea.
Is it possible for a manmade structure to sit seamlessly beside this UN World Heritage site without destroying its serenity? The answer is yes. The Visitor Centre designed by Dublin-based architects heneghan peng is the perfect example. Carefully embedded in the hillside, this award-winning building makes use of stone columns that flank the building and lines that stretch far into the rugged cliffs above the Causeway.
The Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre breathes sustainability from the outside and lives up to the same principle on the inside: all guidelines for the planning, construction and operation of the building, reaching from the criteria for energy efficiency, through to resource consumption and durability, and as far as the integration of local artisan craftwork are in line with one objective: to make the home of the Giant a true icon of sustainable architecture.
heneghan peng Architects, Dublin (IE)
Only one fourth of the water used in standard approaches runs down the drains of the Visitor Centre. Geberit Sigma concealed cisterns 12cm with dual flush technology are part of the reason why. They are equipped with esthetic Sigma50 flush plates.