Going green or being more eco-friendly have become more than a fad nowadays. From cars to buildings and now to houses, going green turns out to be a must-follow trend. Architects and engineers are now designing houses that are more environment-friendly.
One of the most fascinating green-house designs is the green roofs or the living roofs. This means that roofs are either completely or partly covered with plants over waterproofing membrane.
Why have green roofs? There are many benefits, both financially and environmentally, one can get from having green roofs. Green roofs can absorb rainwater and provide insulation as well as lower the air temperature in a home.
Here are some of the world’s most beautiful houses that feature green or living roofs.
The Meera House in Singapore
This dream house called the Meera House is built in the popular island resort of Sentosa, adjacent to Singapore. The beautiful house was designed by Guz Architects. It is built around other buildings that are erected closely to form a new and inspiring community.
The architects took into consideration, while designing the Meera House, the small plot size and the fact that the houses in the area stand close to each other. So they built solid wall on each side of the property to provide privacy to the occupants. Another important detail is that the architects emplaced green roofs on each level of the house.
The architects’ main idea was to allow each roof garden to be the base for the story above. The upper spaces features green terrace that provide beautiful views. The result is that the owners can feel that they feel like in a bungalow with a beautiful garden outside.
Villa Ronde on the Japanese Coast
Designed by Franco-Japanese architectural firm Ciel Rouge, Villa Ronde is a luxurious villa built just off the Japanese coast. The stunning villa features a private museum, a guest house, and a resort.
The Villa Ronde is designed to have a round structure, organized around a central courtyard. The house is structured in a way that will make it sturdy enough to withstand strong winds. The villa’s design also helps in natural ventilation of the interior. The architects’ concept of the villa is to create an impressive structure with organic space. Rooms in the villa can be closed for privacy or be opened to form a continuous space around the patio.
To complete the organic feel of the building, the villa has the same color as the rocks in the area. It has a green roof as a camouflage in a green landscape. The rooms are connected to each other, and they can create a very large gallery.
The House in Caledon
Toronto-based studio Ian MacDonald Architect built a very unique residence called the House in Caledon. The residence is built in Regional Municipality of Peel in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada, and it sits on a 90-acre property that features beautiful panoramic views.
The property featured a barn and a stone farmhouse that provide an unusual setting for the structure. The architects tried to incorporate modern design on everything despite the strong rural atmosphere in the agricultural property. To do this, the architects decided to leave the barn and farmhouse intact but separated from the main area of the house.
The landscape and agricultural history of the place were taken into consideration in designing the residence. The house is built partially hidden underground and covered with green roof in order to integrate it into the surroundings. The roof features the same vegetation as the meadow, making it in one with the landscape. The design allows the house to blend in its surrounding, driving spectators to focus on the enticing and historical landscape.
The OUTrial House in Poland
OUTrial house is located in Ksiazenice, Poland, and was designed by Katowice-based studio KWK Promes. The residence, which measures up to 1,937 square feet, was completed in 2007. The house was built in a clearing surrounded by forest.
The project’s main idea was to build a contemporary home that will allow the owner to fully enjoy the surrounding panoramas. The architects opted to build the house with green roof while the structure and layout of the house cater to the client’s wish that the residence become part of the landscape and that it connects with the environment.
The house features an atrium that is part of both the indoor and outdoor areas. The atrium was built partially independent from the rest of the residence but is only accessible through the interior of the house.
House at Leon
Located in Leon, Spain, the House at Leon was designed and built by Alarcón + Asociados / Alberto Alarcón along with collaborators Sara Rojo, Carlos Tomás, Clara García, and Heloise. The house covers an area of 310 m2 and was completed in 2009. The contemporary residence turned out to be a great masterpiece but was actually built on low budget and through minimum effort.
Inspired by traditional Chinese architecture, the house’s design consists of three different volumes that are linked together. The volumes function as separate spaces. The visual structure doesn’t necessarily represent the internal structure. The result was a building with contemporary design but with an unusual layout.
The home is also a low-energy building. The interior is naturally warm during winter and cool in the summer because the insulation is excellent. The green roof helps with the insulation. The project is a perfect example of a structure made on low budget but with terrific results.
House S in Germany
This house was not built from scratch but a remodeling project. The residence is in Wiesbaden City in southwest Germany. The house is believed to have been built in the 1960s.
The house was originally into a single-level bungalow and was designed by architect Wilfried Higler. German studio CHIRST.CHRIST recently remodeled the house. The residence was transformed into a two-story contemporary house equipped with green roof. The roof was first envisioned as a space that could be used for creating other independent structures.
Now House S is remodeled into a house for a family of four. The architects who worked on the project labored hard to preserve the building’s original charm while trying to make serious changes. They added three box-like structures on the flat roof to preserve the bungalow. The structures were then interconnected by a glass corridor. The green roof provides a very nice base for the contemporary house.
The Black Beauty Mariposa Villa in Costa Rica
The Black Beauty Mariposa Villa is located in the Black Beauty Village of Ostional, in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, hence its name. The house measures a total of 4,424 ft2. It has three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. The beautiful contemporary house was designed and built by Kalia.
The residence is structured into volumes and has two levels. A beautiful green roof covers the house. An exterior garden can be found found in the yard, while a glass bridge-like structure separates the living and entertainment areas from the bedrooms.
The Stone House in Vietnam
The house is developed by Vietnamese architectural firm Vo Trong Nghia and is located in Dong Trieu, Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam. The property has been recently completed. Because of the design, the property looks a lot older than it really is.
The Stone House features a rising green roof, and its walls are built of dark blue stone. The design allows the house to integrate into the natural landscape, not to mention its green roof that makes it like a part of its also-green surroundings.
Inside, the rooms are built around an oval courtyard. The areas are linked, and the circulation continues to the green roof. So basically, the roof is a garden that connects all the rooms. The oval wall that is built using cubic stone helps in filtering all the light that enters the property. The wall gives the house a somewhat primitive look, even though it’s actually a modern residence.
Shipping Container Guest House in San Antonio
This small and simple shipping container house has a green roof. The roof helps make the shipping container look luxurious.
The structure was designed and built by Texas-based architect Jim Poteet for a client who wanted to have a shipping container transformed into a playhouse and guest house. The shipping container was a standard 40 ft and 320 ft2 one. It’s small, but it’s the perfect addition to the client’s backyard. Even without experience in working with shipping container, the architect made the structure look amazing.
The guest house/playhouse is equipped with heating and air-conditioning systems. The architect put a green roof to help improve the insulation. The roof is filled with plants that help regulate the temperature, also giving the house a more organic appearance.
The 2 Bar House in California
The 2 Bar House is a modern residence located in Menlo Park, San Francisco Bay Area, California. The house was designed by San Francisco-based studio Feldman Architecture, and it was completed in September 2010.
The two-level home has a total area of 2,120 ft2 and was built with a very cost-conscious design. The architects designed the house with green materials and technologies to make it perfect for their clients and their two children.
The new and modern residence is built with an open design. It is the perfect response to the indoor-outdoor lifestyle of the clients. The house was called 2 Bar House because of its internal structure. Inside, it has a bedroom bar that is placed perpendicularly above a living bar. The lower level features a sliding door to let in natural light. It also has a green roof with a deck.
The McLeod Residence in Vermont
The McLeod residence was completed in 2008 and is built in Middlebury, Vermont. The modern-looking structure has been in existence for a long time. Designed and built by John McLeon Architect, the residence is a good example of an abode that is complementary to the area it stands in.
The architects took several aspects into consideration while designing the house. The sun, the topography, the climate, as well as the community—these are all part of the deliberation. They aimed to design a house that syncs with those aspects. The architects succeeded in creating the 1500 ft2 residence that is surrounded by trees and vegetation.
The beautiful house is located at the edge of a natural preserve. The single-story residence faces the road, and its design was influenced by the neighborhood. There is a part of the house that reaches three stories while other parts have a sloped roof that is covered with grass and other plants. The house has its own way of integrating itself into the landscape seamlessly.
The North Bay Residence on San Juan Island
This contemporary home was completed in 2009 and has an area of 2800 ft2. The house is located in San Juan Island in the state of Washington. The house is built on a place with amazing views and somewhat restricted site that overlooks the Griffin Bay.
The architects were forced to come up with a creative design to build the house because the area where the structure is supposed to be built have three beautiful trees which the clients strongly refused to cut down. So the architects consider these trees to be one of the house’s charms and an important factor of the whole abode’s construction.
The architects managed a design a house that can squeeze in the available free space. They also used a stone wall because the house is near the road. The wall addresses the visual and acoustic privacy issues. The house’s roof features drought-resistant plants.
The Malbaie V Residence in Quebec
The Malbaie V “Le Phare” project was developed by MU Architecture. It was completed in November 2010 and stands in the region of Cap-à-l’Aigle in central Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada. The whole house measures 2,400 ft2. The two-story residence has a simple but dynamic design.
The house has several geometric levels or volumes that were intentionally made to interfere with one another. It has a strong connection with the outdoors, and it looks like it is rising out of the ground. The house was designed and built using natural materials. The green roof allows it to naturally blend in and become a part of the landscape.
The house’s green roof also helps in the insulation. It features a ground level that is continuous and open and big enough to give enough space for some public spots and the main living areas. It has four bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The house’s exterior is also well as some portions in the interior are covered in wood panels. The materials create a strong contrast; nevertheless, they also create a harmony between the house and the surroundings.
Villa Bio in Barcelona
Villa Bio is a modern house in Barcelona, Spain, designed by architect Enric Ruiz-Geli. The interior was designed by architect-interior designer Manel Soler Caralps and landscape designer Joan Madorell. Their collaboration resulted in this beautiful structure, which was completed in 2005.
Their goal was to create a house that perfectly blends with its surroundings and could replicate the organic lines of the landscape. They built the house on a platform that is made of concrete and is shaped like a C, then covered it with natural vegetation. Like what it is usually built for, the green roof helps in the insulation. The architects also believe that the roof would be a good way to create a beautiful terrace with wonderful views.
The house is mostly made of stone and glass. The choice of materials results to a striking design, while the roof adds further beauty to the house. The residence’s design focuses on integrating the building into a natural environment that is rarely seen in the area.
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