Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Architectural Design Competition | Visitor Center Design | Giants Causeway | Ireland | OFF Architecture


The legend attributes the formation of the Giants Causeway the giant Finn McCool. He built the causeway to walk to Scotland to fight his Scottish counterpart called Benandonner. If the geological formation of the site is not enough to satisfy the imagination, that rationality is difficult to popularize a local phenomenon with no other link with the surrounding territory. At first glance the building does not seek to blend into the landscape, it would appear more like the UFO that was used to transport the giant. But the center is far from returning to conflict with the site, its emergence on the one hand generates a strong signal to locate mineral deliberately event below, but above all allows to hide the huge parking area. Its material and its geometry plays a key role in its integration, and it takes the color and consistency of basalt, form which emerged from one side breaks to completely disintegrate in contact with the site. Contamination of the envelope by grasses and mosses completes its assimilation......more
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