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August 29, 2013
With forethought and engineering, a rooftop can be a very valuable bit of real estate. Here are six cool roofs that not only work overhead, but underfoot.
Facade of green home in Maui.

“We sought to create a house that would not damage the environment and not be too visible,” says architect Tina Gregorič of the cliff top house she and partner Aljoša Dekleva built for a couple in Maui. A single zigzagging roof stretches over 5,380 square feet, doubling the area of the interior spaces and serving as an ideal spot for sunset cocktails and whale-watching.

Photo by Cristóbal Palma

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Originally appeared in Clifftop House with Angled Roof in Maui
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Backyard of 2 Bar House in Menlo Park

Architect Jonathan Feldman helped Rian and Melissa Jorgensen create a rooftop paradise for their home in Northern California. Photo by Joe Fletcher.

Originally appeared in Bar Method
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The ovoid concrete hole not only gives the house its name—after all, it is an egg-shaped O—but it gives clear visual definition to an outdoor space that risks being dominated by the hulking tower blocks next door.

A69 Architects were called upon to integrate into the neighborhood this family home in Prague, whose roof is flush with the plane above. Photo by Jens Passoth 

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Originally appeared in EggO Centric
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Rooftop garden park in Bronx New York

Located in the Bronx, the Brook occupies what had, for years, been a vacant lot. Its rooftop garden serves all the residents of the 198-unit building. 

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Originally appeared in Five Boroughs in 48 Hours
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Modern sod roof

In southwest Poland, architect Robert Konieczny of KWK Promes raises the roof—with sod intact—on Jacek Perkowski’s modernist rural getaway

Originally appeared in Modernist Rural Getaway in Poland
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Modern glass house in Texas with living roof

On Austin’s outskirts, where urban, industrial, and rural collide, lawyer and science-fiction author Chris Brown’s bunker-style home redefines modern city living. The living roof, which cascades down to the stair connecting the levels, is home to its own ecosystem. 

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Originally appeared in Country Bunker
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Facade of green home in Maui.

“We sought to create a house that would not damage the environment and not be too visible,” says architect Tina Gregorič of the cliff top house she and partner Aljoša Dekleva built for a couple in Maui. A single zigzagging roof stretches over 5,380 square feet, doubling the area of the interior spaces and serving as an ideal spot for sunset cocktails and whale-watching.

Photo by Cristóbal Palma

Photo by Cristóbal Palma.

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