ai weiwei / fake design: estanzuela sanctuary, ruta del peregrino
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sep 18, 2012
ai weiwei / fake design: estanzuela sanctuary, ruta del peregrino


‘estanzuela sanctuary’ by ai weiwei / fake design, estanzuela, mexico
image © iwan baan

along the ruta del peregrino, pilgrim’s route in jalisco, mexico, the ‘estanzuela sanctuary’ by beijing-based architect ai weiwei
of fake design is a structure which carves into the landscape. crossing the existing path, the line obstructs and redirects visitors traveling
through the site to experience the immediate location. beginning submerged at the northern end, a stacked stone structure rises
to ground level to perpendicularly meet the meandering route, and continues to rise above the terrain towards the southern tip.
unifying the opposing ends, a continuous bench stretches across the length of the bordering walls to create diverse stopping points
to feel intimacy, shelter and openness along the single axis.

spanning 117 kilometers between ameca and talpa de allende, the historical religious pilgrimmage, ‘ruta del peregrino’,
attracts 2 million people each year. seven landmark projects are realized or nearing completion along the way,
giving better conditions to individuals whom embarked upon the journey, which ascends to an altitude of 2,000 meters
above sea level.

see designboom’s previous coverage of the designs and buildings here.


meandering path crosses the linear stacked stone structure
image © iwan baan


benches line the walls of the linear structure
image © iwan baan


aerial view of estanzuela sanctuary
image © iwan baan


site plan


entire ruta del peregrino
image © mario vazquez


‘ruta del peregrino’ at the venice biennale
image © designboom


collection of materials and models from each of the 7 projects
image © designboom


model of the ‘estanzuela sanctuary’ amidst a collection of study models
image © designboom

project info:

project title: estanzuela sanctuary
location: estanzuela
state: built
architects: ai wei wei / fake design
team: andy lee, andré murer

title of the whole project: pilgrim’s route
client: secretary of tourism of jalisco; secretary of tourism aurelio lopez rocha
program: pilgrim’s route masterplan
location: from ameca to talpa de allende, jalisco, mexico.
curatorial team: tatiana bilbao and derek dellekamp
masterplan and project coordination: tatiana bilbao, derek dellekamp and rozana montiel
research team: rozana montiel/periférica, adiranne montemayor, carlos zimbrón
invited architects: luis aldrete / luis aldrete | arquitectos (mexico), tatiana bilbao / tatiana bilbao s.c. (mexico),
derek dellekamp / dellekamp arquitectos (mexico), alejandro aravena / elemental (chile), emanuel christ and christoph gantenbein / christ & gantenbein (switzerland),
tilo herlach, simon hartmann, simon frommenwiler / hhf architects (switzerland), rozana montiel / periférica (mexico), ai weiwei / fake design (china)
invited designers: godoylab (industrial), omar orlaineta (graphic), toa taller de operaciones ambi- entales (environmental)

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