© 2005

Prinz Eisenbeton 5: techo en mexico / the mexican roof

96° 13′W 16° 33′N


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-7
  2. Wolf D. Prix
    Pages 8-13
  3. Raimund Abraham
    Pages 14-23
  4. Alejandro D Ácosta
    Pages 24-97
  5. Bärbel Müller
    Pages 98-109
  6. Reiner Zetti
    Pages 110-133
  7. Cesar Lopez Negrete
    Pages 134-143
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 144-144

About this book


"The Mexican Roof”, built as an architectural signal for an organisation promoting sustainable agriculture, is one of the few examples where a very ambitious project, conceived in the architecture design studio at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, has been successfully translated into reality. Executed by the students themselves in a remote province in Mexico it is basically a roof made out of bamboo that shelters the new community from the sun and collects water, the basis of any kind of growth. It is a conspicuous landmark that also serves very practical functions. The book presents the building process in Mexico starting with the finished roof and going back in time as well, an index that lists the various notions of the conceptual work in Vienna. Special attention is given to a specific method of teaching that encourages students to go for their visions, even if difficult, by providing methods, experience and determination necessary to solve the problems associated with this endeavour.


Mexico architecture culture

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für ArchitekturUniversität fü angewandte kunst WienWien

About the authors

WOLF D. PRIX. Studied at the Technical University, Vienna, the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles and the Architectural Association in London, England. Founder member in 1968 of the architectural office Coop Himmelb(l)au; head of the Studio a3, School of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Bibliographic information