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Ruta del Peregrino – Lookout Point by HHF Architects

Ruta del Peregrino

Project: Ruta del Peregrino
Designed by HHF Architects
Team: Herlach Hartmann Frommenwiler with Alexa den Hartog, Janna Jessen
Client: Secretaria de Turismo, Gobierno deJalisco
Location: State of Jalisco, Mexico
Website: hhf.ch
A lookout point on the famed Ruta Peregrino designed on a remarkable location in Mexican State of Jalisco is work of Swiss practice HHF Architects. For more images and info continue after the jump:

From the Architects:

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.

Ruta del Peregrino

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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The HHF Lookout Point is designed to be an additional loop in the pilgrimage path. Its round shape was developed as a formal anticipation of people's movement through the platform, going up to enjoy the great view into 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 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 which serves as an intimate room for resting and prayer.

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The Lookout Point is, with exception of the black metal handrail and the brickwall with the cross, entirely built out of cast concrete. To symplify the rather complex basic geometry and to facilitate its construction, each arc is formed by an identical element of formwork. This frame can be reused as the circles are erected one after another.

Ruta del Peregrino

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