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From Giza to the Giant's Causeway

What do the pyramids of Giza, the Giant’s Causeway and Airbnb all have in common? They all boast designs by Dublin-based architecture firm Heneghan Peng.

Founded in 1999 in New York and relocating to Dublin just two years later, Heneghan Peng Architects have put their stamp on an impressive array of designs, from complexes at UNESCO World Heritage Sites to the international headquarters of tech giants.

Róisín Heneghan and Shih-Fu Peng are the brains behind the operation. Both Harvard alumni, the firm have won many significant commissions, including the prestigious Grand Egyptian Museum.

Based just 2km away from the Giza Pyramid complex, this design will sit in the shadow of one of the seven wonders of the world. A big act to follow. Set to become the largest archeological museum on the planet when it opens next year, the final costs are estimated at $550 million (€520 million).

Heneghan Peng Architects have put their stamp on an impressive array of designs, from complexes at UNESCO World Heritage Sites to international headquarters of tech giants.

Without doubt one of the most spectacular natural wonders on this island, Northern Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway attracts tourists from all over the world. After the original visitor’s centre burned down due to electrical faults, Heneghan Peng designed the replacement. Spread over two levels, the complex’s irregular basalt columns echo the incredible landscape. Opened in 2012, the spectacular centre has been recognised by the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects.

Meanwhile in Dublin, accommodation giant Airbnb teamed up with Heneghan Peng to complete its international headquarters. Set inside a 4,000 square metre warehouse, the project is designed to foster community among the 400 employees who work there. Unveiled in 2016, the building has 29 communal work spaces, all connected by a mammoth bleacher-style staircase.

Just last October, the firm was selected to design the new visitor centre and entrance to Trinity College Dublin’s iconic Old Library Long Room, which houses the world-famous Book of Kells. With another prestigious commission on its hands, it looks like another busy year for these architectural visionaries.

Source: Heneghan Peng Architects