A Beach-Lodge in Chan Chan, Peru
La Libertad (Chan Chan), Peru / 2007
This ideas competition called for the design of a Beach Lodge; an accommodation that—differing from the traditional folkloric or theme hotel—would respond critically to Chan Chan’s archaeological landscape.
This proposal uses Chan Chan’s historical and natural landscape—the citadels, the Pacific Ocean, the ancient foundation ruins, the radiant sun, the desert sand—as sources for an intense aesthetic/spatial experience. Formally, the project draws from the dynamic relationship between the citadel bodies and foundation ruins—using them to generate a compositional /organizational system that regulates multiple layers of space. The public circulation [platform level] engages the site horizontally by opening to the ocean and citadels while the private rooms engage it vertically by opening to both the earth and sky.
* 2006 AIA Florida Merit Award for Unbuilt Design