The new entrance to the visitors’ center is located along the main access of the existing tourist station, a modernist-vernacular building originally designed by Javier Robles in 1996. This is the main and only access to the Tschudi Palace, the only palace open to visitors among the other eight palaces part of the archeological zone of Chan Chan. This site was for many centuries, the capital of the Chimor Kingdom (4th to 11th century AD), a rich and prosperous civilization that flourish along the north coast of South America. The canopy and entryway was designed to give visual continuity to the existing tourist station but also to provide shadow from the sun, an axis into the main building, and to shelter the growing number of tourist visiting the site. This building acts as a “bridge” linking and orienting the crows into the tourist station. The program includes parking, landscaping, shading, seating, display and walkway.
The design was envisioned as a continuous framing system - bamboo and cane – of arches, panels and trellises aligned along the main access creating an ‘ethereal –transparent’ building. The new structure camouflages in its surrounding and promotes a playful relationship between the outside-inside and delicately frames cinematic views the majestic abode walls of Chan Chan.
The lattice work hand-crafted in bamboo, cane and rope used throughout the detailing and execution of this structure, rescues ancient local building techniques, expression that rescues local architecture and identity
The “U” shaped linear seating benches also serves as a place of gathering and promotes interaction among the users. The incrusted marine shells in the adobe benches and the loose gravel walkway and cane trellises, accentuates the effect of shadows, lights, textures and earthy colors splashing a rigorous geometry that appears as “hand-sketch” drawings in the sand.