Qhapaq Ñan Wayfinding


Along with the Great Wall of China, the Roman Road and the Silk Road, The Qhapaq Ñan is an ancient road network that expands from Cusco, the ancient Inca capital, to the four cardinal points, covering more than 6 countries region, with an area of ​​more than 60,000 km long. Declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 2014, it stands as one of the largest buildings of mankind.

The Ministry of Culture asked us to pay tribute to the only empire in South America, developing a system of signage to help identify and to value Peruvian cultural property, and also that could be adapted to the various climatic factors and landscapes of Qhapaq Ñan (Inca road network of 25,000 km), helping life quality of the communities around, making them participants in the project.

Due to the big performance and weather constraints, we created low cost structures, combining the environment natural resources with communities, harmoniously. A unique, and monochrome visual system, inspired by the stone buildings, reflecting the Inca spirit.

For the signaling system in archaeological sites, we created steel mesh structures, filled with local materials by the villagers themselves, with information panels in low relief engravings, above ACM plates, adapting to the visual environment.