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.

25 August 2011


Geronimo prepares the bases for the forms for pouring the concrete counter tops.

Reinforcing steel is wired together and a thin strip of plywood curved to the correct shape.

The large space in the centre of the counter top is to house the large double butlers sink.
Geronimo wets down the wooden form while the black concrete is being mixed.  Marco shovels the mix onto the form while Jeronimo and Honorato spread it out.

When the mix is roughly in place, grooves are marked out for the draining board and a slope is formed to drain into the sink area.

Now the hard work really begins, endless hours of trowelling the mix smooth.

Finally it's trowels down and a 10 day wait until the concrete has cured sufficiently to polish.

Water must be sprayed on regularly to prevent cracks caused by fast drying.

And a makeshift shade has to be hung against the windows to stop the glare of the high altitude sun.

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