059 / 2014

Machu picchu museum

Over the solid terraces, the museum should alight with delicacy. A quiet, light, almost invisible structure, that will cover the present-day needs for 50 or 100 years. The meant antithesis of the timeless constructions of Machu Picchu. A construction which future traces should be only the ancient terraces, remains of a lost civilization.


AWARDS:

HON MENTION architecture competition. Peru, 2014

PUBLISHED:

2014 ARKINKA nº 229. Hoteles. Concursos (Peru)

CREDITS:

PHASE: national cometition, 2014

SITE: Machu Picchu Archeological Park, Peru

CLIENT: Ministerio de Cultura del Perú

GROSS FLOOR AREA: 3.200 m2

TEAM:

ARCHITECTS: Ana Ábalos, Pablo Llopis, Aldo Facho, Carlos Fernández-Davila

COLLABORATORS: García-Granero arquitectos, Jordi Marset Lurbe, FD Arquitectos


The Machu Picchu archeological sanctuary is 600 years old. Since 1983 it is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Undoubtedly, it is one of the most visited places of South America. To work at the feet of this engineering masterpiece implies not only to respect but also to understand and preserve its culture and architecture.
The inca’s terraces radiate the power of massive architecture. By walking on them, you feel the timeless beauty that emanates from the rock mass where their foundations lie.
In the depth of the valley and surrounded by thick rain-forest, the openness of the terraces show us how a simple gesture can generate life. The pointed roofs built over them cannot disrupt the horizontality of the platforms.
No, we can’t compete with the ruins. We cannot modify the everlasting power of the Archeology.
Over the solid terraces, the museum should alight with delicacy. A quiet, light, almost invisible structure, that will cover the present-day needs for 50 or 100 years. The meant antithesis of the timeless constructions of Machu Picchu. A construction which future traces should be only the ancient terraces, remains of a lost civilization.