Quechua Architecture Competition, Q.A.C., welcomes all participants to take part of this challenge which consists in presenting and developing a project that explores diverse fields of thinking and design. The challenge for this occasion is “TITICACA CHAPEL”.
In any corner of the world where there is a civilization, you can find a sacred place related to the expression of its faith. Further to the various forms of expression of each culture, its identity is defined by its constructions. Temples, Pyramids, Cathedrals, Mosques, Synagogues, Pagodas, Basilicas, Chapels, etc., are some of the masterpieces that express something beyond humanity, the divine.
TITICACA CHAPEL is a sacred place, designed for the faith of the world to be freely expressed. A place that can welcome visitors from all over the planet and through its energy provide an intimate place for reflection and meditation. A multi-cult space that understands the conditions of the site and defines the characteristics of the divine.
The island of the sun, located on Lake Titicaca, has been a place of settlement for numerous cultures. In this sacred place exists more than 180 Inca ruins, and it is considered the birthplace of the Inca culture. Currently, the Island of the Sun is visited by travelers from all over the world who seek to find in its history a place of encounter, meditation, reflection, and faith for humanity.
Q.A.C. thanks and admires all designers who are willing to take the challenge.
IN - BETWEEN
Switzerland - France
Jules BERGÉ is graduated from ENSASE (École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Saint-Étienne), France. He decided to spend his 4th year in Università degli studi della Campagna Luidgi Vanvitelli in Napoli, Italy, where he discovered photography. Today, he is working in a Landscape architecture firm in Lyon. In the same time, he is a photograph, working on the study of human bodies.
Maxime MATUSZEZAK is also a young architect graduated from ENSASE, France. He did an exchange program in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA. There, he studied both in an architecture studio and in a sculpture studio in the same time. Maxime is currently working in Switzerland at bunq, an architecture firm based in Nyon.
After a bachelor in ENSAPB (École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris Belleville), France, Xavier POULAIN obtained his master degree at EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), Switzerland. His graduation project was based in Potosi, Bolivia, where he discovered the richness of Amerindian cultures. Xavier is also working as an architect in Switzerland, at bunq.
As young architects who love to travel and learn from other cultures, the Cuicocha Mirador competition was the perfect opportunity to apply our knowledge in a creative way. Maxime and Jules founded an art research association called D13. This structure is architecture oriented, but also founds energy in different artistic fields that could improve contemporary architecture.
Diego Ibañez Lahoz
Jose Lafuente Adiego
We are two architects from Zaragoza (Spain) who have recently finished the Master of Architecture at the University of Zaragoza.
We believe that participating in this kind of competition is essential to keep active our creativity and continue our development as architects. Thanks to social networks, we were able to find out the “Quechua Architecture Competition” initiative and the “Cuicocha Lookout” competition. It seemed to us that it was necessary that a group of architects were promoting this "laboratory of ideas" in Latin America, because it makes known to designers from all over the world impressive places such as this lagoon in Ecuador and brings us closer, through the architecture, culture and heritage of these countries that have so much to show.
Furthermore, both of us have always been haunted by a fascination for nature and this contest allowed us to carry out a project in a unique enclave. We wanted our proposal to be born directly from the place, combining symbolism, integration with the landscape and the creation of a space in which looking became a process and not something immediate.
Dong Hyen Lee
We are architecture students at University in South Korea who design various projects together and always find amusement in architecture.
Upon learning about this competition through an architecture competition website and seeing the brief pictures of the site, we wanted to take a more sensuous approach to the historical site of the Inca Civilization, Cuicocha. This motivated us to participate in the competition.
We constantly think about ways to improve our design. When people smile and enjoy the space we designed, we are reminded that it is the reason why we're going down the path of architects.