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February 4, 2013
As the legendary American impresario Sol Hurok once said, "The sky's the limit if you have a roof over your head.” Here we highlight eight of the best roofs from California to Poland, straight from the Dwell archives.
Modern cabin with geometric roof

The green brick-clad winglike dips in the roofline of this off-the-grid cabin in Georgian Bay, Canada shield it against the region’s brutal winds.

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Originally appeared in On the Rock
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Rooftop garden park in Bronx New York

The roof's landscaped courtyard at The Brook, Common Ground's first construction project in the Bronx features a red tile walkway, long concrete benches, and a killer view.

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Originally appeared in Five Boroughs in 48 Hours
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Modern hydroponic rooftop garden

The hydroponic rooftop garden in this futuristic sustainable house in the suburbs grows out of volcanic stones and is one of the home's prime resilient features—absorbing excess runoff and protecting the house from the tramontane, a strong wind that blows in the region.

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Originally appeared in It Takes a Villa
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Photovoltaic panels

Photovoltaic panels extend like wings over the third-floor deck in this entirely solar-powered home in Boulder, Colorado. “If we were going to make a big architectural move, we had to have reasons,” architect Mike Moore explains, referring to the conspicuous placement of the panels.

Originally appeared in Denver's Energy Efficient Home
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Green roof on modern house in Washington, DC

At her family's renovated home in Washington, D.C., Eliza takes in the view from the green roof, which is filled with sedum plantings come from nearby Emory Knoll Farms, the only nursery in North America to focus solely on propagating plants intended for green-roof systems.

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Originally appeared in Modern Bright Family Home Renovation in Washington, DC
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Modern hillside home with stained plywood cladding

This sustainable house in Kingston, Tasmania remains unobtrusive and well-camouflaged on its hillside site despite the architects’ use of modernist geometry. The outer cladding is simply plywood stained with dark Madison oil.

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Originally appeared in Kingston Brio
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Modern sod roof

Architect Robert Konieczny lifted the existing ground and wrapped it around the roof and exterior rooftop staircase, essentially making all floors “ground” level in this modernist rural getaway in Książenice, Poland.

Originally appeared in Modernist Rural Getaway in Poland
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With its easy access, the flat roof is never hard to maintain.

With its easy access, the flat roof of this hillside sustainable home in Los Angeles, California, is never hard to maintain.

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Originally appeared in Echo Logical
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Modern cabin with geometric roof

The green brick-clad winglike dips in the roofline of this off-the-grid cabin in Georgian Bay, Canada shield it against the region’s brutal winds.

Photo by Mark Giglio.

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