RIBA Stirling shortlist 2013 – Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre
Visitor centres are hard to do; this one serves as shop, café and exhibition without any one function overpowering what is a simple, telling piece of architecture.
Visitor centres are normally self-effacing buildings, fulfilling the needs of visitors while being careful not to draw the limelight away from their main attraction. This one pulls of that difficult trick of being a destination
The internal space is made from a large concrete soffit with slices of roof lights and slots between the basalt allowing natural light deep into the centre.
The world-famous Giant’s Causeway, some 50-60 million years old, is located on the north-east coast of Northern Ireland in County Antrim, around three miles from the closest town of Bushmills.
Architect: heneghan peng architects
Client: The National Trust