Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Renaissance of Green Roofs

Okay, this is just downright cool. I want trees on my roof. 

Green Roofs in Norway have become a long-standing tradition. Love buildings just melding with the landscape. During the Viking and Middle Ages most houses had sod roofs, and in rural areas sod roofs were almost universal until the beginning of the 18th century. Tile roofs, which appeared much earlier in towns and on rural manors, gradually superseded sod roofs except in remote inland areas during the 19th century.

While the tradition declined and almost became extinct with the introduction of corrugated iron and other industrial materials, steadfast national romantics revived the tradition. The renaissance of green roofs was also boosted by a growing interest in open air museums, mountain retreats, vacation homes and the preservation movement, and in turn many cultural and commercial institutions have integrated these roofs into the core of their design as an alternative to modern materials.

I am so inspired.

1 comment:

  1. I like the naturalist, mystical slant craftbox has going. I loved the underground crystal caves.