The Quilotoa Crater Overlook Blends with Nature

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Dec 18, 2014
References: javiermera & fastcodesign
Thirteen thousand feet above sea level on Quilotoa Crater Lake, lies the 'Quilotoa Crater Overlook,' a gorgeous observation deck designed by Javier Mera, Jorge Andrade and Daniel Moreno. The lake was formed when a volcanic eruption occurred several hundred years ago; now, tourists are able to appreciate the view from a man-made viewing platform.

The deck extends over the cliff, offering clear, unobstructed views of the blissful scene below. The only thing that separates visitors from plunging into the depths of the crater is a piece of wood that acts as a protective border. An infrastructure made of steel truss ensures that the structure remains secure. Below the platforms, observers have another option of sitting on the curved bleachers to gaze out towards the caldera.

A minimal teak wood and glass design informs the Quilotoa Crater Overlook, allowing it to blend seamlessly with its natural surroundings.