Nowadays, many large
industrial cities around the world suffer from a deficit of park land and green
space, or from their unequal distribution. However, skilled architects often
find solutions to this problem by creating urban rooftop gardens. These can
make even the most polluted and gray city look absolutely verdant and
beautiful.
Bright Side selected the most
remarkable ’’living’’ rooftop designs that are out there. They all enable the
residents of these cities to escape from the noise, crowds and pollution and
thereby improve their quality of life. Hats off to those who made them!
Moomin
(Valley) House in Japan

This fabulous fairy-tale house
with a green roof is situated in a park not far from the noisy metropolis of
Tokyo. Both children and adults would definitely enjoy living in this magical
house and experiencing the spirit of the Moomin stories!
International
hall in Japan

ACROS prefectural
international hall in Fukuoka is a green oasis in the center of the city.
Around 35,000 plants representing 76 species grow along the structure’s 15
stepped terraces, making it resemble a green mountain and delighting both the
residents and visitors of the city.
Hotel
in Israel

This building in Eliat is
decorated with round trees, making it look both exotic and very cheerful. In
addition to the admiring glances of passers-by, it gives an excellent
opportunity to visitors of the hotel to keep away from the scorching sun.
A
green-roofed store in Toronto

The entire building was built
using green technologies, but just look at the roof — it’s absolutely
breathtaking. You can well imagine being really inspired by this eco-friendly
environment right in the centre of a busy city. We’d certainly enjoy strolling
along by the flower beds whilst admiring the modern buildings and skyscrapers.
Hotel
in Austria

The Rogner Bad Blumau Spa
designed by the Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser is a real
masterpiece of modern art. The colorful facades, round windows, trees, shrubs
and the grass sprouting from its green-roofed surface make the building really
quite unusual and impressive.
A
truly amazing house in China

The grass pattern design on
the roof of this Chinese house is so well disguised that you can hardly
differentiate it from the greenery of the surrounding area.
Garage
in Canada

Do you have a small garden and
don’t know where else to grow your favorite flowers? Well, the owner of this
garage sure found away over this hurdle. For the roof of the garage is
obviously the most suitable place for it. Your mom will definitely like the
idea!
University
campus

Nanyang Technology University
Campus is the largest and definitely the most beautiful university in
Singapore. Two curving green roofs that create an open space above the building
serve as a place for students to chillax and enjoy their studies.
Chicago
City Hall

The roof of Chicago city hall
is not normally accessible to the public without a special tour. However, it
can be seen from 33 taller buildings in the area. By the way, beekeepers
harvest approximately 200 pounds of honey each year from hives installed on the
rooftop.
Cozy
houses in Faroe Islands
Until the second half of the
20th century, roofs made from earth were the most common type of roof for the
rural log houses in Scandinavian countries. Guess what the main challenge for
the people living in such northern territories was. Exactly — it’s cold! The
green roofs served an excellent natural insulator, protecting people from
excessive cold and heavy rains.
Swedish
restaurant in USA

The owners of this Swedish
restaurant in USA went even further than anyone else in our list, creating
their own unique trademark for their business — goats grazing on the roof!
Based on materials from
Wikipedia,  Preview Photo Credit: ,
yui.kubo, Andras_Csontos, Shutterstock.com
SOURCE:
BRIGHTSIDE
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.