Built with sustainability at the forefront of design
The Giant’s Causeway has shaped the imagination and the storytelling of the North Antrim area for centuries so what better way to welcome our visitors and share this rich heritage of folklore and science of this iconic site than through our striking, yet sympathetically designed Visitor Centre.
The centre, which was designed by Irish ﬁrm Heneghan Peng Architects , was opened in July 2012 and was designed to blend with the landscape whilst also reﬂecting the towering basalt columns of the volcanically formed Giant's Causeway.
The building has been ingeniously engineered with sustainability at the forefront of the design. Almost 5km (3 miles) of pipe runs underneath the car park to provide the centre with ground source heat, and a further 1km (0.6 miles) of pipes, as wide as a meter in places, are also buried underground, drawing in air to cool the centre.
Water is collected from the green roof in an underground tank which is used for the toilets within the centre.
Finally, the materials used to build the enormous construction were sourced from a mix of local and recycled materials. The buildings’ striking stone columns were built using Kilrea basalt which was formed from the same lava ﬂow that created the Causeway itself.
And even more astonishingly, the entire build only took 18 months to erect and has been designed to last at least 100 years.
Visitors can hear all about our fantastic building via the programmes in our audio guides, all read by the popular local actor and star of Game of Thrones, Conleth Hill, all of which is included in our Visitor Experience tickets.
Take a behind-the-scenes virtual tour with our Facilities Manager Brendan Kelly to see some of the sustainable features of this award-winning building: