A lodge and observatory tower in the Nazca Desert in Peru for the viewing of the Nazca Lines in the daytime and the sky at night.
The Nazca Desert is a 500 square km plateau covered by “infinite” straight lines and continuous geometric shapes called geoglyphs drawn into the sand some 900 years ago by the Nazca people. The only contemporary man made intervention is the Pan-American Highway, the longest vehicular route in the world connecting Alaska to Argentina.
In the spirit of the geoglyphs, the skin of the lodge is designed as a continuous three dimensional and uninterrupted wrapper growing out from the highway. The skin that starts as driveway continuous as a tar covered mesh that wraps building and tower.
By visually connecting the “infinite” line of the freeway to the continuous skin of the building the two elements work together as a modern day duo of line and geoglyph. Both transcend their respective pragmatic and programmatic intentions of “road” and “building” to become a contemporary contribution to the existing compositional field.
RADAMES CULQUI S