You will be surprised as witnessing the green roofs around the world


You will be surprised as witnessing the green roofs around the world

Top the building with the evergreen garden? It's crazy? No, it's brilliant. The green roofs can serve as an open public space to relax and picnic or an insulator which cools the air of the building below in the summer and reduce the heat loss in the winter. Besides, green roofs can help to turn the concrete building a more attractive look. If you are curious about these green roofs, let us guide you through the green roofs around the world. Let’s check it out!

1. Chicago’s City Hall, the USA

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Chicago City Hall is topped with a stunning green garden housing 20,000 plants of over 150 species

Like other cities in the USA, Chicago promotes the use of the green roof. The city builds a green roof right on top of its landmark – Chicago City Hall. The rooftop was created in 2000 in order to demonstrate the benefits of the green roof and its effect on the air quality and temperature. The stunning garden covering the top of Chicago Green City Hall houses 20,000 plants of over 150 species such as vines and shrubs. The plants grown here are chosen carefully to be able to live in the harsh condition of the roof of the tall buildings. Besides, those plants are native to Chicago region.

2. Nanyang Technology University, School of Art, Design, and Media, Singapore

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School of Art, Design, and Media is famous for its three blocks' 45-degree green roofs

School of Art, Design, and Media at Nanyang Technology University, Singapore is renowned for its three blocks topped with 45-degree angle green roofs. The green roofs include two types of grasses – Ophiopogon and Zoysia matrella. These iconic roofs remain green throughout the year thanks to a special layer under the roof which is a mixture of pumice, washed sand, crushed volcanic rocks, and a moisture retention mat. These roofs are automatically watered by sprinkler system collecting the rainwater.

3. ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall, Japan

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ACROS International Hall is a good example of an innovative agro-urban structure

ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall is a good example of an innovative agro-urban structure. It serves not only as an office site but also an open green space for the whole city. The International Hall which features the 15-step roof was transposed from a city’s park stretching roughly 100,000 square meters. The green roof consists of nearly 35,000 plants of 76 species.

4. California’s Academy of Science, the USA

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California's Academy of Science features 10,000-square-meter green roof

Completed in 2008, the design of California’s Academy of Science, the USA was inspired by the Golden Gate Park and its surroundings. The nearly 10,000-square-meter green roof is edged by solar panels, 50,000 biodegradable vegetable trays which provide home to about 1.7 million plants. Those plants' roots interlock and create a home for birds, insects. The amazing living roof also attached with weather stations collecting the data to operate the automatic systems which adjust the temperature and natural light into the exhibitions below. Besides, it is an ideal outdoor classroom, too.

5. Meera Sky Garden House, Singapore

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Meera Sky Garden House is covered by greenish gardens on each level

Another amazing green roof is located in Singapore. Each floor of Meera Sky Garden House, which is a four-story private house, is covered by a greenish garden. The architect Guz Wilkinson, the designer of this house smoothly combines the roof garden on the top of each floor with the glass and solid walls to create privacy and maximize ventilation. Hence, the lucky owner of this house hardly uses the air-conditioner.

6. The Vancouver Convention Center, Canada

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The green roof of Vancouver Conventional Center's West building is the largest living roof in Canada

The green roof on the top of the West building of the Vancouver Convention Center is the largest living roof in Canada and also the largest one in North America. The picturesque green roof is a sweet home to over 400,000 exotic plant and grasses, acting as an insulator which keeps the building cool and pleasant in the summer and warm in the winter. A key feature of the rooftop is the charming Douglas fir slats – a local product – on the underside. Additionally, the living roof houses four beehives of European honey bees. Those bees pollinate the plants on the roof and supply honey for the kitchen of the center.

7. Städel Museum, Germany

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Städel Museum's new space is domed by a ceiling full of circular glass hole, a base for green garden above

Founded in 1815, Städel Museum exhibits an impressive collection of European art. In 2012, the museum underwent a big expansion. The new space showcasing the 20th-century artworks is covered by a domed ceiling with a plenty of circular glass hole, which is a base for the green garden above.

8. Espace Bienvenüe, France

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The 198-meter-long building is domed by an accessible green garden

Heading to France, you will find another outstanding green roof at Espace Bienvenüe, a civil-engineering and research center. The green garden is designed by landscape architect David Besson-Girard, joining hand with architect Jean-Phillipe Pargade as a part of the expansion project of the research center. The accessible green garden tops the over 198-meter-long building.

9. Biesbosch Museum, the Netherlands

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Biebosch Museum is topped with the blanket of herbs and grass

The transformed Biesbosh Museum is situated in the national park in the Netherlands. The previous building is kept and added to a second wing overlooking the water tidal park and waterways running around the museum. On the top of this impressive museum is covered by the blanket of herbs and grass. Like an oasis in the national park, Biesbosch Museum is worth visiting while you are in the Netherlands.

10. Moesgaard Museum, Denmark

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The sloping roof of Moesgaard Museum topped with grass, moss, and flower is accessible to the visitors

The Moesgaard Museum is a museum of Danish archaeology and ethnography. In 2013, the museum was transformed into an attractive green site which was designed by Henning Larsen. The sloping roof topped with grass, moss, and flower is accessible to the visitors, providing a great relaxing public place and offering a breathtaking view of the woods. Furthemore, it is also the former home of the museum Moesgaard Manor.

It is obvious that these green roofs around the world above provide a great look for the buildings. By creating a green garden on the top of the concrete buildings, we can create more green lungs for the city, improving the air quality and adjusting the temperature of the building. If you are fall in love with some of the innovative designs mentioned above, why don’t you create your own green garden right on the top of your home? It is worth trying!


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