Living roofs have gained widespread acceptance in recent decades for their ability to reduce the urban heat island effect and decrease heat loss and energy consumption. In the hands of a skilled designer, they can also be downright beautiful. Here are a few of our faves.
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1. School of Art and Design, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. If this sweeping building doesn't inspire creativity, we don't know what does. Photo via Inhabitat.
2. The recently completed Vancouver Convention Centre sports a six-acre green roof. Photo via The Architect's Newspaper.
3. The Landesbank Baden-Wuerttemberg in Stuttgart, Germany, where municipal regulations require new flat-top buildings to have green roofs. Image via Green Roof Safari.
4. Designed in 1993 by Peter Vetsch, the Nine Houses project in Dietikon, Switzerland look like perfect hobbit habitats. Photo via Metropolis Mag.
5. The terraced roofs of Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall in Japan are home to 35,000 plants. Photo via Metropolis Mag.
6. A 2.5 acre green roof limits energy consumption at the brand new, Renzo Piano-designed California Academy of Sciences building in San Francisco. Photo via National Geographic.
7. Chicago mayor Richard Daley declared his city North America's leader in green roofs, and put one on Chicago City Hall to prove it. Image via Green Inc.