The design of the Visitors Centre for this UNESCO World Heritage by Heneghan Peng Architects mimic the 40,000 stone basalt columns created around 60 million years ago, which step down from the foot of the cliff faces into the sea. The design competition concept was for a building which is invisible from the cliff side, yet iconic from the land side. Design ID were commissioned as part of the Specialist Stone Contractors Team to design and detail the post tensioned basalt stone structural mullions, car park cladding, paving and seating features across the site. The novel use of post tensioned stone allow us to achieve exceptionally slender stone columns.
Architect: Heneghan Peng Architects
Photography: Donal McCann