Green Roof is a Thing of Beauty
It all started with vertical farming and it’s now spreading to rooftops. This is after London-based architecture studio Hayhurst and Co built a home and studio that features a gently teared roof that’s covered with more than 800 plants for a client.
Known as the Garden House, the two-storey residential house is located in De Beauvoir area in Hackney, London and is a nominee for the RIBA House of the Year award for its uniqueness. The building derives its name from its unusual roof that looks like a “hanging garden basket” thanks to its pyramid-like tiered arrangement, which turns out to be a tower of planters holding heathers and sedums.
The roof’s slopping profile not only enables the owner to easily maintain the rooftop garden, but also its resonances with the neighborhood roofing pattern, an issue that was instrumental for the project being granted planning permission.
“This rooftop garden brings a unique and dramatic feeling to London’s urban landscape, as well as creating an accessible roofscape,” said Jonathan Nicholls of Hayhurst and Co.
Hopefully, the Garden House becomes one of the first series of housing projects to take rooftop gardening to another level.