Mirador en la laguna del Quilotoa is a tourist lookout that offers dizzying views of the Quilotao Crater in Ecuador. The project was designed and built by Javier Mera, Jorge Andrade and Daniel Moreno for the Ministry of Tourism. At an altitude of 12,000 feet, the teak platform offers visitors two ways to enjoy the views - take the bold route onto the cantilevered platform to see way out into the crater, or take the safe way down the amphitheater steps and enjoy a peaceful view into the turquoise waters.
Tourists from around the world travel to Quilotoa, a 12,000-foot-high active volcano with a brilliant blue lake in its crater. Located about 100 miles away from Quito, a local indigenous community offers facilities to tourists who may want to hike or camp at the crater. To better serve these visitors the Ecuadorian Ministry of Tourism worked with a group of architects to improve the access and amenities at the viewpoint. The design and construction were managed by Javier Mera, Jorge Andrade and Daniel Moreno.
Using locally sourced teak wood and an interior frame of steel, the design team came up with plan for a viewing platform that was built onto the rim of the crater. Modular parts allowed the materials to be easily assembled once on site and mean the construction can be dismantled and removed. The platform offers visitors multiple ways to enjoy the sights — the upper level could induce vertigo, whereas the lower level is quiet and feels safe. High walls on the platforms sides also serve as a wind break and make for a more comfortable viewing experience.
Images ©Lorena Darquea, Javier Mere, Pablo Puente