Terraces and color near Machu Picchu.

OOIIO designs a sports center in Santa Teresa is a Peruvian municipality, from the Cusco region, very close to the famous ruins of Machu Picchu, so much so that many tourists walk up there from Santa Teresa on a route between the mountains.

We are offered the opportunity to make a “coliseum” in that town, which is the name by which a sports center in Peru is called.
To do this we first had to choose from three plots which we understood would be the best possible location.
We decided to choose a plot with a steep slope that borders on one side with the road that connects Santa Teresa with the rest of the municipalities, the only possible way of communication with the outside, and on the other hand with a street quite busy to have the municipal market just beside.

To save the steep slope we decided to be inspired by the strategy that the ancient inhabitants of Machu Picchu had when inhabiting these deep valleys many years ago: adapt to the terrain through terraces.
Although it was not in the initial program, we proposed to the Municipality with great success that these terraces and the cover of the sports courts could be used by the peasants who live in the surrounding mountains and who move to the municipalities of the route to Machu Picchu to sell souvenirs of all kinds, and thus provide a decent place for them to make a living.

Together with this terraced street market we generate a microbus terminal, so that we centralize the arrival of tourists to the town at this point, achieving a better functioning of the farmers’ business.
We completed the closing of the sports courts with a skin that we wanted to be striking and special, to become a new monument for the region, worthy of being a reception point for tourists from around the world. Therefore, drawing on the interesting and colorful local traditional fabrics, we developed a facade to close the sports center based on scales of prefabricated metal pieces painted in colors following the color ranges of those fabrics.

The interior space will be full of nuances thanks to the play of light and reflections when crossing the facade.

Link to other sports centre project designed by OOIIO Architecture.

  • Status: Execution Project.
  • Project Year: 2013-2015.
  • Location: Santa Teresa, Cusco, Peru.
  • Area: 6,900 m2.
  • Design: OOIIO Architecture.
  • Team: Joaquín Millán Villamuelas, Gabriela Sanz, Isabel Sánchez Puerta, Lorena Villoria Casado, Belén Gómez Mendiguchía, Anjara Rodríguez.
  • Client: Council of Santa Teresa.