Cerro del Obispo Lookout Point / Christ & Gantenbein

© Iwan Baan

Architects: Christ & Gantenbein
Location: Cerro del Obispo, San Luis Potosí,
Architect In Charge: Emanuel Christ, Christoph Gantenbein
Design Team: Andrea Sauter, Anette Schick, Jennifer Schmachtenberg, Kai Timmermann
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Venice Biennale 2012: Ruta del Peregrino

© Nico Saieh

Each year, two million Mexican residents take part in the Ruta del Peregrino (Pilgrim’s Route) – a 117 kilometer pilgrimage through the mountains range of Jalisco that is centered around the adoration to the Virgin of Talpa. This religious voyage has been taking place since the 17th century and represents the pilgrim’s act of faith carried to penitence. In an effort to provide the  route with better conditions, nine architecture firms collaborated  to build seven architectural landmarks that provide shelter, services and outlook points for the pilgrims.

The Master Plan, designed by Tatiana Bilbao, Derek Dellekamp and Rozana Montiel, was presented in a special exhibition  to resonate with the theme “Common Ground”.

The nine practices involved since the start of the project are Ai Weiwei (Fake Design), Luis Aldrete Arquitectos, Tatiana Bilbao, Christ & Gantenbein, Dellekamp Arquitectos, Alejandro Aravena (Elemental), Godoylab, HHF Architects, and Rozana Montiel (Periférica).

Read more about the route of the pilgrim and see more pictures after the break.