Las Cruces Viewpoint, Jalisco
Alejandro Aravena  ELEMENTAL 

Las Cruces Viewpoint, Jalisco

Alejandro Aravena  ELEMENTAL 

The pilgrim route is a path with more than two centuries of history, and that goes through some of the municipalities in the Mexican state of Jalisco. The most popular route, which starts in Ameca and marks a pilgrimage way of 117 kilometers to Talpa de Allende to reach the basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, is travelled by more than three million people yearly, especially during the month of March. This massive procession and the absence of a support infrastructure throughout the road encouraged in 2008 to undertake a project providing basic services, lodging, observatories, and sanctuaries for pilgrims. This viewpoint is one of fifteen interventions commissioned to different international teams and coordinated by the Mexican office Dellekamp Arquitectos.

This viewing platform is a prism imitating a hollow and folding stone that rests on a hillside, offering a space with shade, cross ventilation, and a panoramic view of the valley in the highest part of the route. Carried out entirely in concrete, the lookout is designed so that it can age as a natural element without needing maintenance, thus avoiding the high costs that reaching such a remote place would involve. 

Obra Work

Mirador Las Cruces Las Cruces Viewpoint

Cliente Client

Secretaría de Turismo, Secretaría de Desarrollo Urbano del Estado de Jalisco

Arquitectos Architects


Colaboradores Collaborators

Tatiana Bilbao (oficina local local office); Adiranne Montemayor, Carlos Zimbrón (equipo de investigación research team)

Consultores Consultants

TOA Taller de Operaciones Ambientales (estrategia ambiental environmental strategy)

Superficie construida Built-up area

148 m²

Presupuesto Budget


Fotos Photos

Iwan Baan