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From the United States to Poland to South Korea, living roofs have taken off. They provide natural insulation, help control with runoff, and pack a slew of cool features—it's no wonder these building canopies have gained popularity. We've gathered some of the most interesting and unexpected green roofs planted with everything from sod to succulents here for your viewing pleasure.
 

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  In southwest Poland, architect Robert Konieczny, of KWK Promes, raises the roof—with sod intact—on Jacek Perkowski’s modernist rural getaway. Konieczny lifted the existing ground and wrapped it around the roof and exterior rooftop staircase, essentially making all floors “ground” level.
    In southwest Poland, architect Robert Konieczny, of KWK Promes, raises the roof—with sod intact—on Jacek Perkowski’s modernist rural getaway. Konieczny lifted the existing ground and wrapped it around the roof and exterior rooftop staircase, essentially making all floors “ground” level.
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  Lauren Schneider of Wonderland Garden planted the living roof on this modern home in Menlo Park, California, with succulents, aloe, viviums, and ice plants that flower in swathes of white and purple.
"In this project, we got so much benefit out of this "secret garden" for the master suite along with all of these environmental benefits that the residents were excited to embrace. It's one of the pieces we are happiest about," says architect Jonathan Feldman.  Photo by: Joe Fletcher
    Lauren Schneider of Wonderland Garden planted the living roof on this modern home in Menlo Park, California, with succulents, aloe, viviums, and ice plants that flower in swathes of white and purple. "In this project, we got so much benefit out of this "secret garden" for the master suite along with all of these environmental benefits that the residents were excited to embrace. It's one of the pieces we are happiest about," says architect Jonathan Feldman.

    Photo by: Joe Fletcher

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  Eliza Pink takes in the view from her perch atop the green roof atop a Washington, DC, home, which resident Daniel Pink believes to be the first of its kind in the neighborhood. The family received a subsidy administered by DC Greenworks and funded by the DC Department of the Environment.  Photo by: Eli Meir KaplanCourtesy of: © 2012 Eli Meir Kaplan Photography
    Eliza Pink takes in the view from her perch atop the green roof atop a Washington, DC, home, which resident Daniel Pink believes to be the first of its kind in the neighborhood. The family received a subsidy administered by DC Greenworks and funded by the DC Department of the Environment.

    Photo by: Eli Meir Kaplan

    Courtesy of: © 2012 Eli Meir Kaplan Photography

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  The ipe deck surrounding this Guilford, Connecticut, cottage was built around one of the property’s many granite outcroppings. An earthen roof was planted with the same varieties of sedum that were added to the front of the cottage.

Read more: http://www.dwell.com/slideshows/light-motif.html?slide=3&c=y&paused=true#ixzz26xuNycm7  Photo by: Mark Mahaney
    The ipe deck surrounding this Guilford, Connecticut, cottage was built around one of the property’s many granite outcroppings. An earthen roof was planted with the same varieties of sedum that were added to the front of the cottage. Read more: http://www.dwell.com/slideshows/light-motif.html?slide=3&c=y&paused=true#ixzz26xuNycm7

    Photo by: Mark Mahaney

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  Though this Texas garden retreat and guesthouse is only 8' x 40', it features all the comforts of a larger house: floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows, heating and air-conditioning, a green roof, bamboo flooring and wallcoverings, a small sink and shower, and a composting toilet.“The green roof was an element that I had not thought of at the beginning, but as it turns out saves me more money on air-conditioning than the solar would have, and is a lot prettier,” says the resident. See more shipping container homes here.  Photo by: Chris Cooper
    Though this Texas garden retreat and guesthouse is only 8' x 40', it features all the comforts of a larger house: floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows, heating and air-conditioning, a green roof, bamboo flooring and wallcoverings, a small sink and shower, and a composting toilet.“The green roof was an element that I had not thought of at the beginning, but as it turns out saves me more money on air-conditioning than the solar would have, and is a lot prettier,” says the resident. See more shipping container homes here.

    Photo by: Chris Cooper

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  The E+ Green Home, a concept house located an hour outside Seoul, not only points the way to a greener South Korea, it may well be the most sustainable house in the country.

Read more: http://www.dwell.com/slideshows/E-for-Effort.html?slide=1&c=y&paused=true#ixzz26xvWPsS7  Photo by: Sergio Pirrone
    The E+ Green Home, a concept house located an hour outside Seoul, not only points the way to a greener South Korea, it may well be the most sustainable house in the country. Read more: http://www.dwell.com/slideshows/E-for-Effort.html?slide=1&c=y&paused=true#ixzz26xvWPsS7

    Photo by: Sergio Pirrone

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  The Damianos’ modern green home, designed by Boulder-based Tres Birds Workshop and located in Denver’s Highland neighborhood, runs completely on solar energy. On all three aboveground levels of the house, outdoor spaces feature as prominently as indoor ones. The backyard is lined with tiered concrete boxes for planting vegetables; the modest top floor­—which houses the master bedroom—has a deck wrapping three sides; and in the middle, a 770-square-foot green roof extends off the living area.
    The Damianos’ modern green home, designed by Boulder-based Tres Birds Workshop and located in Denver’s Highland neighborhood, runs completely on solar energy. On all three aboveground levels of the house, outdoor spaces feature as prominently as indoor ones. The backyard is lined with tiered concrete boxes for planting vegetables; the modest top floor­—which houses the master bedroom—has a deck wrapping three sides; and in the middle, a 770-square-foot green roof extends off the living area.
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  The American nomination for the 2010 Urban Land Institute's Award of Excellence, the 1.2-million-square-foot Vancouver Convention Center West establishes an important link in the city’s park system, connecting to the existing harbor greenbelt with a major civic plaza and a six-acre living roof—one of the largest in Canada.
    The American nomination for the 2010 Urban Land Institute's Award of Excellence, the 1.2-million-square-foot Vancouver Convention Center West establishes an important link in the city’s park system, connecting to the existing harbor greenbelt with a major civic plaza and a six-acre living roof—one of the largest in Canada.
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  From the leafy sidewalk outside Paul Bernier and Joëlle Thibault’s home in the Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood of Montreal, there’s no clue that their brick home is all that different from its neighbors. In the backyard, however, a small single-story addition to the row house adds a playroom without eating up too much outdoor space. A green roof also helps makes up for lost garden beds, while creating attractive, leafy views from the second and third floors. In the summer, when the sliding doors are left wide open, indoor and outdoor spaces blend together.  Photo by: Alexi HobbsCourtesy of: Alexi Hobbs
    From the leafy sidewalk outside Paul Bernier and Joëlle Thibault’s home in the Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood of Montreal, there’s no clue that their brick home is all that different from its neighbors. In the backyard, however, a small single-story addition to the row house adds a playroom without eating up too much outdoor space. A green roof also helps makes up for lost garden beds, while creating attractive, leafy views from the second and third floors. In the summer, when the sliding doors are left wide open, indoor and outdoor spaces blend together.

    Photo by: Alexi Hobbs

    Courtesy of: Alexi Hobbs

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  Architect Mary Ann Schicketanz of Carver + Schicketanz Architects created a 1,900-square-foot home in Big Sur, California, that hugs its hillside site.  Photo by: Robert Canfield
    Architect Mary Ann Schicketanz of Carver + Schicketanz Architects created a 1,900-square-foot home in Big Sur, California, that hugs its hillside site.

    Photo by: Robert Canfield

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  Switching coasts from Brooklyn to Portland gave architects Mitchell Snyder and Shelley Martin a new set of unexpected clients: three young hens. Snyder finished the sleek-looking coop with reclaimed cedar siding and ventilated it with two upper windows. On top, he added a green roof: "The living roof helps keep the coop cool, but mostly it was a chance to experiment and design something fun."  Photo by: John Clark
    Switching coasts from Brooklyn to Portland gave architects Mitchell Snyder and Shelley Martin a new set of unexpected clients: three young hens. Snyder finished the sleek-looking coop with reclaimed cedar siding and ventilated it with two upper windows. On top, he added a green roof: "The living roof helps keep the coop cool, but mostly it was a chance to experiment and design something fun."

    Photo by: John Clark

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