Green roofs are gaining popularity these days! They are slowly and steadily consolidating their place as a beneficial addition to sustainable living configurations in the world of architecture. They are an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional roofs as they provide natural heat insulation and maintain a cool temperature. They also serve as effective buffers for rainwater and reduce energy consumption! Not to mention, they add an organic and natural touch to homes and help them blend effortlessly into their surroundings. We are big fans of green roofs and we have selected a collection of architectural designs that really showcase their beauty and utility. From a passive house with a lively green roof to a mini-adobe house concept with a sloping green roof, these structures will make you abandon traditional roofs and opt for greener roofs!
In the hills of Harriman State Park (New York), plans were made to build a magnificent contemporary-style hobbit hole known as the Black Villa. The house is beautiful inside and out, especially its most eye-catching feature: the roof covered in lush grass. Green roofs have gradually gained in popularity over the past decade, due to their economic and environmental benefits. They can reduce energy use by 0.7% by providing natural heat insulation and maintaining temperatures 30-40 ° F lower than conventional roofs. (The Black Villa also reduces the need for electricity by using skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows.) Green roofs also reduce and slow down stormwater runoff, which helps tremendously in areas with poor drainage systems. (usually in urban areas).
Hill House is a passive house designed and built by Snegiri Architects with a living green roof that perfectly blends the house with its natural woodland surroundings. With diverse vegetation and shrubs, Hill House’s vibrant green roof stretches out with a carpet of grass filled with stonecrop and dwarf plants including chamomile and sedum. The gradual slope of Hill House’s green roof conceals the structural presence of the house, bringing the house inch by inch into the surrounding woods. The rest of Hill House’s exterior balances black stained wood paneled facades with natural, unstained paneled eaves.
Tucked away in a coastal town outside of Rio De Janeiro, Ortiz designed the residence using the ancient indigenous ‘Taperá style’ as a benchmark. This unique style is usually characterized by a visually simple house with open enclosures. And this particular house follows the trendy Taperá style! The minimal structure features large glass facades that allow a sufficient amount of natural light to enter, then carefully use the flow of natural light and ventilation to its advantage. Of course, the house’s most exquisite feature is its sleek, curved green roof. The monumental roof unifies the whole house, which has been separated into three levels and follows the gentle slope of the landscape, almost masking the separate sections of the house, making it look like a long, level structure.
In conceptualizing the mud house, the team of architects set out to balance contemporary energy production practices with traditional construction methods. Located in Dobrava, a settlement in the Slovenian plains region, the clay house is inspired by the famous floating roof designed by Slovenian architect Oton Jugovec. Since rammed earth involves the compaction of a subsoil mix into a frame supported by the exterior, the three architects behind Rammed Earth House conceptualized a concrete foundation and a wooden frame. It is usually difficult to make changes to an adobe structure, but the overhanging roof of the house allows cement to be added in case additional stability is needed.
Known for designing daring and daring retreats stationed at the edge of mountain peaks and cliffs, Eshtiyaghi retained the same mythical energy for his most recent rendering of the Tehran Museum of Modern Art. From an aerial perspective, the Eshtiyaghi Museum forms no distinct shape, progressing beyond geometric and sharp angles to a shiny white roof that slopes and swells like a white tarp covering a wild landscape. Modern museums are generally known for their conceptual architecture, a form Milad Eshtiyaghi executes well given its wide array of escape hiding places. The green space surrounding the Eshtiyaghi Museum reinforces the museum’s abstract energy with rolling green roofs that mimic overlapping sound wave lines, providing a place to rest on its manicured lawns.
Parking Parc was inspired by the pun of its own name – Maeiyat reinterpreted the garage both as a space to park the vehicle and as a real greenway that looks like a children’s park. Shaped like a rolling hill, Parking Parc offers a storage area for parked vehicles that rests under the grassy and recreational exterior of the garage. As currently conceptualized, the photovoltaic panels punctuate the highest regions of the exterior of the garage, providing clean power for Volvo’s XC40 Recharge to charge well and enough power to support the rest of the operation. interior of the garage.
WTTJH is built into a rejuvenated heritage facade of plastered masonry, steel, wood and greenery – this is where Victorian row housing and a post-industrial warehouse aesthetic meet. The two-story house was on the verge of collapse and originally occupied the 90m² triangular site. Due to strict heritage controls, it was untouched and desperate until CPlusC’s rejuvenation project brought it back to life in a way that was conducive to a better future for industry and the planet. The roof is made of steel beds that provide deep soil for native plants and fruits and vegetables. The garden beds are irrigated from the fish pond providing nutrient rich water created by the edible silver perch (fish)!
The Coldefy architectural firm will create a mixed-use building in the north of France. Dubbed “Echo”, the structure will include office space and a catering and leisure program. The building will be accentuated by green terraces that will follow one another in cascade, almost resembling a green river. Echo will be the “first biobased building in Euralille”!
Cuba-based Veliz Arquitecto conceptualized a modern eco-house called Hugging House that incorporates the hilly terrain and surrounding trees into the layout of the building. Hugging House is a large, two-level cantilevered house located somewhere with dense forest and overhead awnings. The two sections that make up Hugging House merge as if in an embrace. The concrete slabs include the driveway surrounding the house which leads to ground level and to the outdoor recreation areas.
Cohen developed the Living Shell, an architectural shell built by growing jute, felt and wheatgrass in the form of a textile resting on a bamboo frame. When it comes to textile technology, Living Shell was born out of Cohen’s quest to transform layers of wheatgrass root systems into elastic textile materials. Settling into the hull’s curvilinear structural form, the wheatgrass textile wraps around its bamboo frame, forming layers of insulation and shade as it continues to grow. Cohen found durability in the inexpensive building material he developed from jute, felt, and wheatgrass. By layering the different roots together in a pattern that leaves room for periods of sustained growth, the thickness and durability of the textile increases over time as the roots continue to intertwine and develop.