More than 200 workshops took part in the international competition, and more than two thirds of them were foreign.
The winning design assumes that the new building will blend in with the surrounding landscape without disturbing the skyline.
Northern Ireland Secretary of State Peter Hein said congratulating Henegan Peng that the new Visitor Center should attract more tourists to the only attraction in the UK province that has World Heritage status.
A new international competition has now been announced for the design of the exhibition space inside the new center. In 2006, the winners of both competitions will have to start joint detailed project development.
The "Giant's Trail" is a promontory on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, consisting of vertically standing basalt plates, in cross-section - regular hexagons and decagons, reaching a height of 12 m. These 40,000 "columns" were formed 50 million years ago during a volcanic eruption …