PRIZE 800 $ CONCLUDED DEC 20 , 2020
Lookout - Observation Tower
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 “CUICOCHA Lookout”.
Since the very beginning, humanity has tried to understand how to see the world and live in it through spirituality and faith. During history, many civilizations have developed their own vision of the world and show it through rituals, celebrations, texts, chants and more. Near 550 years ago, a big empire lived in South America under the name of Incas.
“Inti Raymi” (Sun-fest) is an Inca festival celebrated in the four realms, and even today several communities gather for the festival. Cuicocha was one of the locations for the celebration and Incas would bath in the waters to purify themselves.
Cuicocha, the lagoon of gods, remains a divine place where people still visit the crater to be amazed by its landscape and nature. It is truly a place to elevate the senses and separate yourself from earth, as such appears a challenge to raise these feelings and give a step further towards culture, history and sensations.
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.