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The Ultimate Green Roof

The Ultimate Green Roof

A house for a family of three is built on a grassy plan between the ocean and the mountains in Japan. How do you build a house that sits between the two beautiful views without blocking either? “A grassy plain was cut into and lifted up to produce an in-between space for the house,” according to Tokyo-based Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP Architects. As a result, the grassy plain became a living green roof—and playground.

Photographs via Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP Architects.

Above: The roof slab was constructed of non-corrosive concrete and provides additional insulation to keep the house warm.

Above: “The experience of lying down on the roof becomes equivalent to lying down on the grass ground,” according to the architects.

Above: Seasonal changes in vegetation give the clients an opportunity to clip and shape the roof, creating a different silhouette for the house as the months progress.

Above: The grass and soil creates a protective layer and reduces the cost of the exterior sheathing.

The interior space has “exquisite views of the ocean and the mountains, framed between wildflowers on the roof and the ground,” according to the architects.

For another of our favorite houses that blurs the boundaries between indoors and out, see Transparent Living, Japanese Style.


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12:10AM PDT on Aug 31, 2015

I really enjoy reading and also appreciate your work. Sugar Land roofing

2:36PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013

Beautiful!!! I didn't know this was possible.

4:12PM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

thanks...I have seen a few homes with grass roofs.

8:31PM PDT on Mar 22, 2013


11:17AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Just stunning.

10:54AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

Cool, love it! Sharing

9:00AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

wow! this is fantastic! :D

12:22AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

The only thing that spoils the view is the chimney. How about a few shrubs around it?
It is realy great to read of these wonderful efforts to build homes with out spoiling views or damaging the enviroment.
Thank you for sharing.

6:52PM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

I'd probably fall off or it'd make allergys worse. This is a no for me.

7:16AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

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