Arquitectura Viva
Saturday, July 04, 2020

Heneghan Peng, basalt folds in Antrim (Northern Ireland)

On the northeastern coast of the island of Ireland, in County Antrim, is the nature reserve called The Giant’s Causeway, an area of basalt columns that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. In this natural landscape of crags and farms, the Dublin team of Shih-Fu Peng and Róisin Heneghan has built a 1,800 square meter visitors’ center. Its design capitalizes on substantial ground level differences through two exact geometric folds that vanish in the mosaic of tapestries that form the fields. While the upper fold reveals the building, the lower one hides the parking zone so that it cannot be seen from the access road and the coastal route. The edges of both folds generate a rhythmic alternation of opaque and transparent by means of basalt columns, creating a new fabric that echoes the immediate surroundings. The facilities for visitors are sculpted into the landscape, becoming invisible from the crag. The result is a fluid space between the rigid solid basalt and the green tongue crowning it. The folds interconnect by means of a large ramp that culminates at the building’s crest. The connection is reproduced in the interior spaces, creating a sequence of continuous spaces at different levels.
AV Monografías 225 - AIRES MATEUS AV Monographs
analyzes in each issue a theme related to a city, a country, a tendency or an architect, with articles by leading specialists complemented by commentary on works and projects illustrated in detail. Published bilingually, with Spanish and English texts placed side by side.
Arquitectura Viva 225 - VIDA Y VIRUS Arquitectura Viva
covers current topics, taking stock of recent trends in set sections: cover story, works and projects, art and culture, books, technique and innovation. From 2013 on, monthly and bilingual, with Spanish and English texts printed side by side.
AV Proyectos 98 - FALA AV Proyectos
is the third member of the AV family: a bilingual publication essentially focussed on design projects (with special attention on competitions and construction details), heretofore only laterally dealt with in the other two magazines.
Arquitectura Viva SL - Calle de Aniceto Marinas, 32 - E-28008 Madrid, España - Ph: (+34) 915 487 317 - Fax: (+34) 915 488 191 -
Política de cookies - Aviso Legal - Condiciones de contratación - RSS