The new Giant’s Causeway visitor’s centre at Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage Site has been shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize, one of the most coveted awards for architectural excellence
To celebrate the 2013 award, the BBC is running a week long poll to find the UK’s favourite building.
The Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre is up against five other world class buildings for this coveted title.
You can cast your vote for the Causeway as your favourite building here: www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24032248
The £18.5 million centre, designed by Heneghan Peng architects based in Dublin opened in July 2012 and is now the gateway to the 40,000 iconic basalt stones.
The centre, which took two years to build, has also been designed to fit seamlessly within the landscape without impacting the view of the coastline from the stones.
Heather Thompson, National Trust Director for Northern Ireland said: “We are thrilled that our new visitor centre made the shortlist for this internationally recognised award. It was extremely important for us to create visitor facilities worthy of this unique, legendary visitor attraction. “As well as looking the part, we wanted to ensure the building was sustainably built using the latest technologies wherever possible.”