Santa Bárbara
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Project Type: Master Plan & Form Based Code
Project Status: Under Review
Completion Date: February 2015
Site Area: 315 acres
Team: PlusUrbia + Castillo Arquitectos + GSH studio
Client: Archidiocese of Los Altos Quetzaltenango Totonicapan


Santa Bárbara is a site that belongs to the Archdiocese of Los Altos, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala’s second largest city. The Archdiocese needed to develop a land management plan that would allow for the property to be developed in a comprehensive way, while allowing for the land itself to continue serving the church.

This is the first time that the Catholic church sponsors a comprehensive, vision oriented plan for urbanization in the recent history of Latin America. The church will serve as a steward of the land and the plan,  where the institution itself does not become the developer but chooses one to join the vision in order to build together a prosperous, integrated community that will provide much needed housing opportunities, jobs and educational spaces for a rapidly growing population.

Led by Castillo Arquitectos in collaboration with GSH studio.

*Rendered perspective views by Castillo Arquitectos.



Santa Bárbara
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
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Santa Bárbara
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Project Type: Master Plan & Form Based Code
Project Status: Under Review
Completion Date: February 2015
Site Area: 315 acres
Team: PlusUrbia + Castillo Arquitectos + GSH studio
Client: Archidiocese of Los Altos Quetzaltenango Totonicapan


Santa Bárbara is a site that belongs to the Archdiocese of Los Altos, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala’s second largest city. The Archdiocese needed to develop a land management plan that would allow for the property to be developed in a comprehensive way, while allowing for the land itself to continue serving the church.

This is the first time that the Catholic church sponsors a comprehensive, vision oriented plan for urbanization in the recent history of Latin America. The church will serve as a steward of the land and the plan,  where the institution itself does not become the developer but chooses one to join the vision in order to build together a prosperous, integrated community that will provide much needed housing opportunities, jobs and educational spaces for a rapidly growing population.

Led by Castillo Arquitectos in collaboration with GSH studio.

*Rendered perspective views by Castillo Arquitectos.