The E+ Green Home prototype in Kyeong-Gi, South Korea uses 95 green technologies, including a living wall and green roof, through which storm water is captured for storage and later usage.
This Menlo Park home boasts a bevy of energy-efficient amenities, including lighting, insulation, renewable material finishes, and radiant heat, plus the roof is pre-wired for future PV panels. As for the living roof, succulents, aloe, viviums, and ice plants create a green sanctuary for the family and a pleasant view from the master bedroom. "The master suite looked out over this shiny, white roof," says Jonathan Feldman of Feldman Architecture. "It could have been this thing that was kind of unfortunate, or it could be this secret garden, and so it became this splurge, this luxury for us to create this garden."
With views of the ocean as far as the eye can see it seems nearly unnecessary to add a touch of grass to the rooftop. But the natural sea grasses that cover the roof, and are sourced from the surrounding Chappaquiddick Island area, provide thermal insulation to the Massachusetts home, while also dampening the noise of rain, improving air quality, and helping to manage rainwater flow.
Architect Brian Johnsen created a living space that transcends the generic four walls of a home and appears to blend into the prairie landscape of Wisconsin.
The Gables is a commercial-to-residential renovation in London. While the patch of green that sits atop the home is on the smaller side, it still offers a quiet escape from the residential area of the Primrose Hill neighborhood below.
In a small artists' community of San Antonio, Jon Ahrens of Madrone Landscaping and architect Jim Poteet created a tiny guesthouse made from a shipping container and topped it with a green roof on a drip watering system. “The green roof was an element that I had not thought of at the beginning," says the homeowner Stacey Hill, "but as it turns out saves me more money on air-conditioning than the solar would have, and is a lot prettier.”
When Australian architect Emilio Fuscaldo’s partner, Anna Krien, suggested they by a small vacant lot in Melbourne, he didn’t imagine the end result would be this magnificent green-living space. Water from the roof feeds the toilet and the garden’s watering system, and the garden itself insulates the house and keeps gas bills low in winter.