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厄瓜多尔的 Cuicocha，又被称为印加（印第安人）的神之湖，海拔3068米，这里的高原湖由3100年前的cotacachi山的一次巨大的火山喷发而形成。今天，每年夏至后，印第安人“Inti Raymi”（太阳节）的传统节日仍然有不少社区聚集在这里庆祝。这里仍然是一个神圣的地方，人们在这里参观火山口，并为它的风景和自然景观而惊叹。
Quechua Architecture Competition, Q.A.C., welcomes all participants to take part of this challenge which consists in presenting and developing a project that explores diverse fields of thinking and design. The challenge for this occasion is “CUICOCHA Lookout”.
Since the very beginning, humanity has tried to understand how to see the world and live in it through spirituality and faith. During history, many civilizations have developed their own vision of the world and show it through rituals, celebrations, texts, chants and more. Near 550 years ago, a big empire lived in South America under the name of Incas.
“Inti Raymi” (Sun-fest) is an Inca festival celebrated in the four realms, and even today several communities gather for the festival. Cuicocha was one of the locations for the celebration and Incas would bath in the waters to purify themselves.
Cuicocha, the lagoon of gods, remains a divine place where people still visit the crater to be amazed by its landscape and nature. It is truly a place to elevate the senses and separate yourself from earth, as such appears a challenge to raise these feelings and give a step further towards culture, history and sensations.
Q.A.C. thanks and admires all designers who are willing to take the challenge.