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Lima, Peru - first prize
The building is located at the margin of a river and beside a hill, east of the city of Lima. The area is characterized for a natural context of desertic vegetation, in contact with the foothills of the Andes mountain chain. The commission was to design, within a rural site, a private chapel for a couple who values solitude. The placement, away from the preexisting dwelling, isolates from everyday and induces a long walk in order to reach the project. This continuous spiral creates an enclosure within the vastness of the plot, and by means of reflection and surprise, values the transition from the “profane” of everyday life to a profoundly “sacred” space where verticality is the means to approach the divine. *In association with Ximena Alvarez