This stunning concrete lookout structure gives weary pilgrims a spectacular view of the surrounding Jalisco mountains in Mexico. Every year, two million pilgrims trek 73 miles to pay their respects to the Virgin of Talpa. Historically this journey has entailed significant suffering, so the Tourism Secretary of Jalisco commissioned Chilean-based Elemental Architects (along with a series of others including Al Wei Wei) to create a sustainable structure that would enhance the devotional experience.
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.
Gallery Images 1-2: © Iwan Baan