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HHF architects, Basel, Switzerland

Tuesday 13 Mar 2012

All along the watchtower

Architecture: HHF architects, Photos: Iwan Baan 
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30/01/13 MikeM, san Antonio TX
I guess we can assume from the path shown in the aerial, that the pilgrims are fully ambulatory and therefore no need to consider an alternative (ramp) to get to the observation level.

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HHF architects have designed a lookout point along La Ruta del Peregrino 

La Ruta del Peregrino (Pilgrim's Route) stretches out on a distance of 117 kilometres. Approximately two million people participate each year in this religious phenomenon coming from different states of Mexico to walk through the mountain range of Jalisco, starting in the town of Ameca, ascending to el Cerro del Obispo at an altitude of 2000 metres above sea level, crossing the peak of Espinazo del Diablo to descend to it's final destination in the town of Talpa de Allende to meet with the Virgin of Talpa as an act of devotion, faith and gratitude.

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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