We’ve still got gardens on the mind – even after writing two blog posts on perfect plants for your condo, and how you can do some gardening on your balcony. Now, we’re looking at rooftop gardens from around the world – after all, we do feature a beautiful rooftop garden atop Emerald Park and 1 Yorkville!
The Roof Gardens is a roof garden covering 6,000 m² on top of the former Derry and Toms building on Kensington High Street, in central London. They’re open to the public (win!) and free (double win!) for all. The gardens took two years to build at a cost of £25,000 and opened to the public in May 1938. The landscape architect brought in over 500 species of plants and shrubs from all over the world to create this masterpiece.
Known as the Sky Gardens, the greenery at the Parkroyal Hotel wraps fully around the its glassy towers – but it’s not there just for the aesthetics. The Parkroyal Hotel is known for its green efforts including its energy and water-saving design featuring energy-efficient chiller system, and use of LED and fluorescent lighting.
Called the Waldspirale (wooded spiral), this building contains 105 apartments, a parking garage, a café and a bar. Furthermore, a quick Google search told us that the building is “hosting as many trees as human occupants” which is a lot of greenery! It’s a beautiful building and looks like something out of a fairy tale, but trust us – it’s real!
What do you think? Do you think more residential and commercial buildings should have rooftop gardens?