Stunning Lookout Frames the Jalisco Mountains for Weary Pilgrims

by , 06/27/11
filed under: Architecture, Gallery

Eco-tourism, sustainable architecture, ecological corridor, Elemental architects, Ruta del Pelgrino, Jalisco mountains, lookout point, green design, sustainable design, eco-design

© Iwan Baan

At only 140 m sq, the lookout point provides visitors traveling the Ruta del Pelegrino a brief respite from their arduous journey. It also comprises one part of a larger corridor studded with sustainable architectural projects that in no way detract from the ecological or historical integrity of this very important event.

Albeit a simple design, we find it very beautiful and inspiring.

+ Elemental Architects

Via Dezeen

Gallery Images 1-2: © Iwan Baan

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  1. Tafline Laylin June 30, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Terry, thanks for your comment. Given the location of this site (high in the mountains and subject to rough weather), I’m not sure a simple timber platform would be more sustainable (it would probably need regular replacing). Concrete is most wasteful when a lot of it is used and wasted. That didn’t happen here, and the shelter will keep pilgrims warm for years to come. (Granted, it won’t be biodegradable). As much as I agree that the word “sustainable” is bandied about too freely, I also think that it’s important to consider each project in its unique context.

  2. turnstiles June 27, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    I’m sorry – but considering the environmental impact of concrete (one of the least ‘green’ building materials)I consider this a highly inappropriate platform for a place of natural wilderness. For a panoramic platform and shaded rest stop this is surely overkill? A simple timber, covered platform would create a far less intrusive footprint. The term ‘sustainable’ is far too easily thrown about these days.

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