Exterior of Terrace House by Aidlin Darling Design.

25 Green Roofs That Bring Spectacular Homes to New Levels

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In San Francisco’s hillside Castro Heights neighborhood, Joshua Aidlin of Aidlin Darling Design recast a midcentury terrace home as a three-story, multigenerational retreat crowned by a living roof. The planted rooftop performs multiple functions: it forms an insulating body for the interior, naturally filters rainwater prior to entering the public sewage system, and provides the occasional biophilic prospect to view the city from.