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Glamping on the highest peak of the Andes. Award-winning project by female architecture students

Dobrawa Bies
03 of November '20

Glamour-style camping at 4,300 meters above sea level? Kamila Bak, Joanna Paterska and Magdalena Wójcik have designed a luxury camp for tourists climbing to the top of Mount Aconcagua in Argentina. The project was awarded in an international competition entitled. "Aconcagua Mountain Glamping" organized by the Quechua Architecture Competition.

The competition task was to design a camp on the slopes of Argentina's Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak of the Andes. Important aspects that participants had to take into account were extreme weather conditions, transportation constraints, modularity of construction and the use of sustainable and natural building materials.

w Andach

glamping at Plaza de Mulas provides a luxurious respite

© Kamila Bąk, Joanna Paterska, Magdalena Wójcik

Among the guidelines, the organizers specified the maximum size of the site for permanent facilities - one thousand square meters and twenty-five square meters for each temporary structure. The permanent part of the campsite should include rooms for guides, a training center, a kitchen, a medical assistance center and storage facilities. Temporary spaces include rooms for tourists, a dining hall and other facilities proposed by contestants.

Widok całego

The campsite could include meditation rooms, a sauna, a library and a cinema

© Kamila Bąk, Joanna Paterska, Magdalena Wójcik

A stylish rest on the way to the summit

The proposed glamping in Plaza de Mulas is an oasis for those climbing to the top of Mount Aconcagua in Argentina. It is designed to provide a comfortable, practical, but also luxurious and Instagram-able rest for visitors. The main inspiration for the authors of the project was the very road that anyone hiking to Plaza de Mulas has to travel, as well as the one remaining to reach the summit.

As the designers say:

Glamping is just a stop on the hike, so we based our idea on a path that flows seamlessly into the roofs of the buildings situated on the mountainside and leads to the journey ahead. These buildings are a permanent part of the landscape, providing a place to meet and relax, as well as a base for food and supplies for the entire campground. Paths diverge organically and variably from the main trail, leading to temporary sleeping and special-purpose tents housing, among other things, an art gallery.

Konstrukcja namiotów rodzaje namiotów

The objects are distinguished by a two-tiered structure consisting of a colorful facade reminiscent of origami

© Kamila Bąk, Joanna Paterska, Magdalena Wójcik

The tents are distinguished by a two-layer construction consisting of a colorful origami-like fac ade that opens up to panoramic views of the mountains, and an inner layer that provides shelter for hikers. In addition to basic camping features, glamping also offers less typical ones, such as meditation rooms, a sauna, library and outdoor cinema, and provides charming and comfortable interiors of a high standard.

Wnętrze jednego
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glamping provides instagram relaxation

© Kamila Bąk, Joanna Paterska, Magdalena Wójcik

The project is a response to current trends and expectations emerging especially among young people who, in addition to accommodation, want to spend time in quaint "places with soul", relax in a beautiful place and share a photo with the hashtag #glamping #plazademulas.

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