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.
“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
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
Photo by: Jens Passoth
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.
Photo by: Jake Stangel
In southwest Poland, architect Robert Konieczny of KWK Promes raises the roof—with sod intact—on Jacek Perkowski’s modernist rural getaway.
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.
Photo by: Dave Mead