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Green Roofs Around The GlobeGreen Roofs are growing in popularity for many reasons. From increasing biodiversity, to the more aesthetic benefits of installing a green roof, more of them are popping up all over the world, in places you might never have expected them to.
We have found seven amazing examples of extravagant green roofs to share with you:
Biesbosch Museum, the Netherlands
Take a stroll through the National Park De Biesbosch and you will stumble across a magnificent green roof covering the whole roofing area of the Biesbosch Museum building. Comprising a mix of herbs and blankets of grass, this green roof is surrounded by waterways, producing a beautiful green island.
WOHA’s mixed use building, Singapore
This impressive green roof won the title of World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival and it is easy to see why. With plants and shrubs cascading fountain-like down the staggered terraces, it is a thing of real beauty.
City Hall, Chicago, United States
High up above the streets of the famous Windy City, sits one of the most marvellous green roofs you will ever see. Above the 11-storey building is a green dream – just under 40,000 sq feet of plants and greenery aiding air quality in the busy city. With over 150 different species of plant, it is like a cloud-level botanical garden and is even open to the public.
ACROS, Fukuoka, Japan
Japan is one of the leading countries when it comes to adoption of great green roof designs and the ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall is a prime example of this. Consisting of no less than 15 stepped terraces and covering around 100,000 square metres, there are few green roofs in the world to rival this one.
Nanyand School of Art, China
Schools of art are often known for stylish architecture that reflects the nature of the building but the Nanyand School of Art in China takes that to a whole new level. The stunning green roof encompasses the fundamentals of environmentally friendly architecture and looks amazing too.
Stadel Museun, Frankfurt, Germany
What makes this green roof stand out from all of the rest is the pattern of circular roof lights covering its expanse area. We’re not sure how easy it is to mow the grass but it certainly is very impressive, both visually and environmentally!
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, United States
This spectacular example of a green roof is used in the faculty’s marketing strapline – “Visit an aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum - all under one living roof.” They also reveal that an estimated 1.7 million plants fill the roof trays, providing energy-saving insulation properties as well as homing birds, insects and other wildlife.
Green roofs are the future and these seven great examples are enough to inspire anyone to consider joining the green roof revolution. If you’re thinking of joining the revolution (perhaps on a slightly less grand scale) then you can get started with Permaroof’s Green Roof System brochure