The Pilgrim Route / Mexico


Lookout by Alejandro Aravena

Every year, over 2,000 people go on a 100 km pilgrimage path near Guadalajara, during Holy Week. Municipalities along the route decided to give the pilgrims some service areas along this route, so the Secreaty of Turism of Jalisco comissioned these projects to a group of both mexican and international architects: Ai Wei Wei (FAKE Design), Luis Aldrete, Christ & Gantenbein, Dellekamp Arquitectos (featured on AD),  Elemental (featured on AD), Godoylab, HHF, Periférica and Tatiana Bilbao mxa.

By looking at the projects, you can tell they wanted this to remain simple, as structures that will remain abandoned most of the year and will age becoming part of the landscape.

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Map of the Pilgrim Route, with each project marked.

1, 3, 8, 9, 11, 12 / Godoylab

Godoylab

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Emiliano Godoy is a mexican designer.  His firm Godoylab designed the basic services along the route: bathrooms, urinaries, water containers, signals, washing areas, etc. Interesting use of fluorescent elements for signals.

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2 / Derek Dellekamp Arquitectos + Tatiana Bilbao mxa

Dellekamp Arquitectos + Tatiana Bilbao mxa

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This project designed by this two mexican practices is a giant sculpture abstracted from the shape of a cross, creating a gathering space along the path.

3 / Christ & Gantenbein

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Swiss architects Christ & Gantenbein designed a sculptural column, with a curved profile. The structure is constructed by the vertical repetition of the same formwork 6 times, giving scale into the open landscape. It´s located on the edge of a slope, becoming a milestone that marks the lookout point.

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6 / Ai Wei Wei (FAKE Design)

Ai Wei Wei

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“Walk the line”, the project by Ai Wei Wei, marks  a north-south line along the route, both inmersed and elevated from the terrain to take pilgrims from an intimate space into the openess.

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6, 10 / Luis Alderete

Luis Aldrete

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Luis Alderete designed an adaptive module for shelters on the route.

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7 / Tatiana Bilbao mxa

Tatiana Bilbao

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Tatiana Bilbao uses folded planes to create an hermitage.

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13 / HHF Architects

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Swiss office HHF Architects designed a lookout point in , with a spiraling pathway that takes the visitor from an enclosed exterior into the openess of the landscape.

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14 / ELEMENTAL

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The do-tank directed by Alejandro Aravena designed an impressive cantilevering lookout on an inclinated site.

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14 / Derek Dellekamp Arquitectos + Periférica

Dellekamp Arquitectos + Periférica

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The last stop of the pilgrim route, an hermitage built with a simple concrete stripe between the trees. The topography allows for a continous stripe, accessed by beneath thanks to the valley-like condition of the terrain. By mexican architects Derek Dellekamp and Periferica.

Watch the complete presentation.

Cite: Saieh, Nico. "The Pilgrim Route / Mexico" 17 Dec 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 Nov 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=10258>
  • http://www.contemporaryartdaily.com Contemporary Art

    I like the simpler shapes; it’s always nice when modernism and religion are linked up like this, I really think they are closely related (when religion is at its best, anyway). It will be interesting to see them complete.

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  • http://www.odris.blogspot.com odris

    cewo que el de HHF Architects es el mejor resuelto

  • http://www.sgurin.ucoz.ru/ sgurin

    Very good works.

  • M

    Alejandro Aravena is doing amazing work…WOW…

  • JDR

    Hey hey,
    these are some really nice spaces created.
    Especially like the cross from dellekamp, and the projects from Ai Wei Wei and Alejandro Aravena.

    JDR

  • Hong-Hua

    honestly i don’t like any of them. The aravena ‘project’ is just ok…

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  • http://beatdoesitbetter.blogspot.com neoinc.

    dope stuff allready, i wanna marry all of you dudes for your innovative thinking and providing so many indi international architecture, which i would never see without you… i’m studying architecture myself so i know how new your news are… your blog is so special and i haven’t found something like that on another site… a bit like a smaller el croquis version for the http://www...

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  • Seb

    beautyfull and powerfull, very, very nice.

  • gerson

    e asi se acabo la ruta con una intervencion bruta y sin contato con la tierra’ algo de otro mundo, muy lejos del pueblo, una nueva conquista cultural de ajenos

  • scarpasez

    A collection of delightful follies! There aren’t enough works like these. What a treat it must be for the designers.

  • http://www.curated.com Etty

    Wow, the Aravena piece is crazy! It really gives you the feeling that it is just seating on the ground. Amazing!

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