Ruta del Peregrino: Crosses Lookout Point
by Elemental


Ruta del Peregrino: Crosses Lookout Point by Elemental

Our fourth featured pavilion from Mexican pilgrimage route La Ruta del Peregrino is a precariously balanced viewing platform by Chilean architects Elemental.

Ruta del Peregrino: Crosses Lookout Point by Elemental

The Crosses Lookout Point is at a higher altitude on the Jalisco mountains than any of the other new landmark shelters along the 117km-long route.

Ruta del Peregrino: Crosses Lookout Point by Elemental

Positioned like a seesaw at its tipping point, the concrete pavilion provides those who step inside a framed view of the landscape.

Ruta del Peregrino: Crosses Lookout Point by Elemental

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Ruta del Peregrino: Crosses Lookout Point by Elemental

Photography is by Iwan Baan.  More images of this project can be found on his website.

Here is some more information about the wider project:

Ruta del Peregrino
Jalisco, Mexico


Ruta del Peregrino is a religious phenomenon centred and moved by the adoration to the virgin of talpa.

La Ruta del Peregrino (Pilgrim's Route) stretches out on a distance of 117 kilometers.

Approximately two million people participate each year in this religious phenomenon coming from different states of México to walk through the mountain range of Jalisco, starting in the town of Ameca, ascending to el Cerro del Obispo at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level, crossing the peak of Espinazo del Diablo to descend to it's final destination in the town of Talpa de Allende to meet with the Virgin of Talpa as an act of devotion, faith and gratitude.

Ruta del Peregrino: Crosses Lookout Point by Elemental

This religious voyage has taken place since the 17th century, for the pilgrims the act of faith is carried to penitence, the conditions of the route are harsh. This sacrifice carried with austerity is an essential part of the promise or offering that become the ritual of purification.

This project aims to provide the historical route with better conditions for the pilgrims as well as to maximize the social and economical profit for this area by taking advantage of this massive event. Based on a systematic vision the project becomes a sustainable site with different layers of meaning.

Ruta del Peregrino: Crosses Lookout Point by Elemental

As we focus on the whole, the master plan consists of an ecological corridor with infrastructure and iconic architectural pieces that add to the religious ritual and also aim to appeal to a broader audience and allow the Route to have a flow of visitor beyond the religious.

The focus is on the iconic narrative given to the Route with 7 pieces that strongly relate both to the extraordinary landscape and to the religious ritual, becoming the imaginary landmarks of a deeply rutted phenomenon.  Each landmark by a different designer, a group of individual dialogues with specific sites and intentions that add up, to weave a single story.

Credits and Data

Project title: Crosses Lookout Point
Location: Las Cruces
State: Built
Architects: Elemental
Team: Alejandro Aravena, Diego Torres, Victor Oddó, Juan Cerda, Gonzalo Artea, Cristian Martínez, Fernando García

  • Graffiti everywhere…what a shame!

  • bobo

    cut the tree in front

  • In one word: FANTASTIC!
    This is what real architecture is all about.
    Phenomenal architectonics in the simplest yet most expressive form.
    No 3D Max extrusions, no Photoshop editing. Pure and simple. Die starchitects!

  • Nick

    cool. picture of the actual view from the pavillion…?

  • kolohe

    this reminds me of that geres house by correia ragazzi.

  • claystephens

    Gives me vertigo but fantastic!

  • It has an interesting way of creating tension, you go from a wide open space, into a compressed space that pulls you toward a distinct view, only to open your field of vision again. I like it as a shelter and way station for hikers that capitalizes on an architectural experience.

  • Tom Ford

    Beautiful space – would be illegal to build here in New Zealand without a 1.0m high barrier.

    • lil

      same in France….

  • Justin

    The form of the structure creates an exceptional sense of passage which is a perfect compliment to the voyage.