We live in an exciting time. There are constantly new and exciting minds, architects, and designs being laid out on blueprints to fill the globe’s cities. Thankfully, these brilliant minds also tend to be incredibly innovative. With the environment at the front of people’s minds - a hot button issue that isn’t going to disappear - it’s important to integrate green aspects into today’s designs. What’s one cool way of getting some green points with a new building? A green roof!
Not only do green roofs provide a very cool aesthetic to any building they grace the top of, but they offer a slew of environmental benefits - including rainwater absorption, building insulation, creating habitats for local critters, and decreasing the urban heat island effect. No matter the size, green roofs are an ingenious way to make a building more environmentally sound. Here’s a look at some of the most amazing green roofs from around the world.
Millennium Park - Chicago, USA
Considered the world’s largest green roof system, this 24.5 acre beauty boasts public parks, a Frank Gehry designed bandshell, and incredible gardens.
Frankfurt International Airport - Frankfurt, Germany
One of the largest airports in the world, Frankfurt International is also home to an elaborate system of green roofs. With roughly 25 in total, the green roofed space totals about 430,556 square feet.
California Academy of Sciences - San Francisco, USA
Rolling hills and greenery cover 87% of the Academy’s famous living roof. Not only does this green roof system include solar panels, but it also has 50, 000 biodegradable vegetation trays where an estimated 1.7 million plants grow.
Vancouver Convention Centre - Vancouver, Canada
The innovative Vancouver Convention Centre is home to Canada’s largest living green roof taking up 6 acres of space. The roof itself is home to hundreds of thousands indigenous plants, and beehives that not only make delicious honey, but help to pollinate the ecosystem.
Expo Zaragoza Empresarial Business Park - Zaragoza, Spain
Built in 2008 for a sustainability exposition, this green space now provides 50, 000 square meters of greenery and gardens to the public.
Nanyang Technological University - Singapore
Last but not least, we love this ultra modern green roof located in Singapore. The architectural green slopes take up 107, 639 square feet of space and offer obvious aesthetic and environmental appeal.