The Road Between Earth and Heaven

architects Dellekamp Arquitectos, Fake Design, Luis Aldrete, HHF architects, Elemental, Tatiana Bilbao, Christ & Gantenbein
project Piligrims' Route, from Ameca to Talpa de Allende, Jalisco, Mexico
written by Alan Kostrenčić


Building of the first architecture meant taking over the creation of the world we chose for dwelling[1], as Mircea Eliade said. This first architecture was imago mundi – the image of the world, Cosmos; Dur-an-ki – the bond of Heaven and Earth[2], as numerous Babylon temples were called. In those ancient times, the world was divided into Cosmos: the ordered, known world which was in harmony with nature and the gods who represented it, and Chaos: the ‘chaotic world’, unknown space populated by apparitions, demons, and ‘aliens’. Building symbolically transformed Chaos into Cosmos by ritual repetition of cosmogony.[3]

[1] Mircea Eliade: The Sacred and the Profane

[2] ibid.

[3] ibid.