Projects and their construction mean facing a long period of time, which can seem eternal.
For this reason, I sometimes feel like fast experiences—go in, come out and leave them behind.
The competition for a hotel at the Inca archaeological site of Moray, in Peru, was one such case.
Not believing in the slightest that it could go ahead (distance, opacity, unreality…), I felt like travelling for a short time, in my mind, to this beautiful place, a fantastic work of land art, this perfect geometric excavation, craters excavated by man.
That is why I accepted the organizers’ kind invitation.
There, it was necessary to imagine something. It was necessary to continue excavating.
Josep Lluís Mateo
Invited competition. Summer 2019
Location: Moray archaeological site, Cusco region (Peru)
Typology: Centre for scientific research and cultural expansion. Hotel
Local architects: Carol Updegrave and José Ferreyros. Lima
Structural engineering: Agustí Obiol
Landscaping: Manel Colominas