Sunday, September 16, 2012

Spotlight: HHF - "Ruta del Peregrino"

Ruta Peregrino is a path that goes from Ameca to Talpa de Allende in the State of Jalisco near Guadalajara, Mexico. During holy week, about two million people walk along this pilgrimage path. The municipalities involved wanted to give the pilgrims some permanent service areas and have invited an international team of architects and designers to design the various parts of this project like shelters and lookout points.
The HHF lookout point is designed to be an additional loop in the pilgrim`s path. Its round shape was developed as a formal anticipation of the people`s movement through the platform, going up to enjoy the great outlook in the surrounding countryside. The asymmetric arched openings provide access to an open hall which is covered by the platform above. The inner walls are a shifted repetition of the primary facade in four tangential circles between which the two staircases define a route up to the platform and back down. The only exception to the curved shape is a brick wall with a cross-shaped opening in the most protected part of the building serving as an intimate room for resting and prayer.

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