On 19th March, the Quilotoa Shalala Gazebo, an architectural project fully funded by the Ministry of Tourism, received the 2015 Work of the Year Award. The three most representative works of the year, built within the Spanish-speaking countries, were chosen by around 10,000 readers of the Plataforma Arquitectura, ArchDaily ArchDaily Mexico and Colombia websites. This spacious gazebo, made of wood, is an initiative to promote tourism in the area where the Quilotoa Volcano Lagoon is located, in the Cotopaxi Province.
The project was implemented in accordance with the conservation and environmental care standards without decomposing the natural and aesthetic character of the site. This is actually one of the most spectacular places in the country and this is also why in March, a photograph of the sparkling Quilotoa Lagoon, taken by an Ecuadorian, won the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. The fusion of the lagoon turquoise color is clearly seen in the picture. The color is produced by minerals and by the green vegetation of the crater. The picture will be exhibited at Somerset House (London) from 24th April to 10th May.