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.
We are students at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, we met a couple of years ago and started to collaborate as a result of this project as a development exercise in our practice. We are interested in generating our own discourse based on the theory and analysis by questioning the value of the building and experimenting in the process.
Thanks to the site proposal made by the Quechua team, the project became an opportunity to talk about Art in South America, in this case the proposal is nourished by the poem "De la casa arraigada" by Alfredo Silva Estrada (Venezuelan poet). We decided to participate in the edition "Titicaca Chapel" because the conceptualization of the Chapel seemed interesting to us; the value in its heights, its symbols and dimensions; it was the opportunity to put into practice the values that interest us.
Switzerland - France
Jules BERGÉ and Maxime MATUSZEZAK met, studied and graduated in ENSASE (École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Saint-Étienne), France. After their studies, they founded an art research association called D13, an architecture oriented structure, that also draws energy from different artistic fields to seek improvement in contemporary architecture. Today, Jules is working in a Landscape architecture firm in Lyon, and is a photographer in the meantime, working on the study of human bodies. Maxime works in Switzerland at bunq, an architecture firm based in Nyon, and develops a sculptural practice on the side. 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. He is also working as an architect in Switzerland, at bunq. Jacob DURAND is an architect specialised in storytelling and journalism. He also studied in ENSASE, and has worked with renowned architecture magazines. He is now a freelance communication manager, graphic designer and writer, to help architects narrate their projects, and popularise the discipline towards the general public, from Lyon.
The Titicaca chapel was the opportunity for us, young architects, to keep on exploring South America through architecture, after the Cuicocha Mirador competition
Giovanni Cavaglion is a licensed Architect from Turin, Italy. After the studies in EPFL Lausanne, Nanjing SEU and Politecnico di Torino, where he got his Master Degree, he is now assistent Professor of an Urban Design Lab in Politecnico di Torino and Store Designer for the GrossoAudisio Architetto studio.
Huang Mingshu, is studying urban and rural planning at Huaqiao University in China. She is a designer who loves life and wants to visit the world.
Emanuele Cavaglion is an Architect from Turin. After the studies in Stockholm (KTH), Nanjing (SEU) and Turin (Politecnico), he got a research scholarship from Politecnico di Torino to join a research team and study the strategic development of the city of Turin.
As young architects who love to develop weird and out-of-the-ordinary designs, the Quechua Competitions represents an occasion to explore extreme contexts and unique scenarios.