2022

MCHAP

Rooftop Prim

Víctor Jaime, Abel Perles, Wonne Ickx, Carlos Bedoya,

Ciudad de México, Mexico

January 2020

PRIMARY AUTHOR

PRODUCTORA

CONTRIBUTING AUTHOR

CLIENT

José Islas

PHOTOGRAPHER

Onnis Luque

OBJECTIVE

The project is located on the rooftop of an early twentieth century palace in the heart of Mexico City, where cultural and commercial events are held. In order to prevent the occasional rains to interrupt the activities organized in the courtyards, the owner of the property required to cover the three existing patios. Instead of making three independent interventions, we generated one single gesture: a continuous roof structure, measuring more than 50 meters in length, connecting the patios in a straight line and generating new covered surfaces in between the patios.

CONTEXT

The structure consists of 45 lightweight metal trusses, each 1.2 m apart, dividing the weight evenly over the existing construction by means of a new concrete tie-beams that replace the existing parapets. The triangular roof section is designed asymmetrically so that one side can incorporate a covered circulation area. The continuous rhythm of slender structural elements creates a sort translucent veil floating above the existing structure and accentuating the perspective along the roof.

PERFORMANCE

The project is located on the rooftop of an early twentieth century palace in the heart of Mexico City, where cultural and commercial events are held. In order to prevent the occasional rains to interrupt the activities organized in the courtyards, the owner of the property required to cover the three existing patios. Instead of making three independent interventions, we generated one single gesture: a continuous roof structure, measuring more than 50 meters in length, connecting the patios in a straight line and generating new covered surfaces in between the patios.