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13 of our favourite living roofs

There are many ways architects can choose to “green” their projects—using sustainable building materials, harnessing renewable energy sources, managing waste efficiently—but one of the most striking ways is to literally make the building itself greener. Living roofs are covered with living vegetation. The plants and soil naturally filter water and air, and also insulate the building and offer some stress-reducing green space for those nearby.

While living roofs have been around in one form or another for a long time (sod roofs in Scandinavia have existed for centuries), these days, many modern architects and large buildings are getting into the game. The results are some truly fantastic and inventive green roofs, both out in the country and in the middle of big cities. A good green roof not only offers environmental benefits, it also uses the concept to create an amazing space.

These green roofs go above and beyond—some look futuristic, some are cozy, and others are lush and soothing. They all demonstrate the benefits of harnessing natural materials in our day-to-day lives. The architects who designed them are at the cutting edge of an exciting field, and we look forward to seeing what they do next.