June Donaldson and Edward Garry live at an altitude of 2,600 metres in Mosoj Llajta, Yotala, 20 minutes from the colonial city of Sucre in Bolivia, South America. Using earth and stones from the land, we have sculpted beautiful buildings which compliment the high desert landscape and incorporate creative and innovative elements of design.

We have designed a high quality hotel in Sucre for guests who want to get off the treadmill of travelling from city to city in South America. At Sky Hacienda you can dictate your own timing and choose how to enjoy your stay, whether it is doing very little or exploring the best that the Andes in Bolivia has to offer.

13 April 2010


We start shaping the internal walls of the two terraces.

With the floating staircase complete, we start inserting the beams that will support the mezzanine into the adobe walls. They are curved around the corners toward the main entrance to the house.

An arched door is created to provide access from the mezzanine onto the terrace. Then the walls are built up above the mezzanine. At 70 cm wide, they eat up our adobe bricks, and we have two workers permanently employed making more.

Geronimo and Freddy continue the long, slow process of building the 5 metre columns that will frame the view to the mountains.

Hipolito works on the central column in the living room, incorporating the concrete shelves that will eventually be welded and glazed to form a woodburning stove.

As the wall moves around to the main entrance, we insert the largest arch to form a grand entrance to the living room. We also build up the side walls leading down the steps to where the large wooden door will be placed.

1 comment:

su mei said...

Hi June,

I stumbled upon your blog while I was looking for information about obtaining planning permission in Bolivia!

Im a co-founder of orkidstudio an art/architecture based charity based in Scotland. Do check our website out www.orkidstudio.co.uk

we are coming to bolivia this July to build a carpentry workshop in Huajchilla.

Did you not need to get planning permission ? Do give me an email at sumei@orkidstudio.co.uk as it would be great to speak to someone who's doing something similar to what we are trying to achieve!

Keep up the good work.

Su Mei