© Ivan Edgar Ortiz

This graduation project is located in the Historical Center of Lima, at the “Quilca’s Block”, a place that for years has been one of Lima’s cores for cultural activities. This triangular block or “Quilca’s Block” is placed into a Lima’s sector of popular culture; it is located in the same street axis of the Casona San Marcos and the Parque de la Exposición, both of them active cultural centers of metropolitan importance.


© Ivan Edgar Ortiz

The project responds to the actual demand for a reorganization of the existing dynamics at Quilca; therefore, the project becomes a key part of a comprehensive renovation plan that reactivates this deteriorated area of Lima.  The project is configured as a hybrid building, offering cultural, commercial and residential uses. All of this uses gathered into a cluster of seven pieces of land, with a total of 5514 m2, strategically inserted in the middle of “Quilca’s Block”.


© Ivan Edgar Ortiz

“Quilca’s Block” has a triangular form and it is surrounded by three streets; consequently, the building gathers the activities of these streets into a new central street and piazza: a public space that integrates the dynamics of the surrounding streets into a single piazza right in the middle of the “Quilca’s Block”, generating a space for concerts, popular commerce and free art expression.


© Ivan Edgar Ortiz

In 2012, I completed a research in Urbanism entitled “Art and Urban Regeneration: Quilca Jr. (1990-2012)”, under the guidance of Arch. Wiley Ludeña.  In the latest years, the only initiatives for its renovation have been from its own neighbors, cultural managers and students; the municipality has never been involved.


© Ivan Edgar Ortiz

The building is the result of a thorough analysis, committed to the place, a cornerstone for the regeneration of Quilca District, which includes specific uses of a dynamic place; and that reactivates an iconic neighborhood of popular culture in Lima.


© Ivan Edgar Ortiz

Project Credits

Student:        Ivan Edgar Ortiz Huamanchay

University:  Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería  (FAUA -UNI)

Location:     Quilca street (Jr.Quilca)

City:               Lima

Country:       Peru

Degree:         Thesis project

Advisor:        Arq. Jorge Garrido Lecca B.


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© Ivan Edgar Ortiz

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