Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik, photo Luanne Lozier (Image source: inhabitat.com)

During the previous years, builders gave very little thought to the amenities that could be integrated into rooftop buildings. They focus mainly on the façade and interiors. But the need for green open spaces among urban dwellers has helped pave the way for the development of rooftop gardens in major buildings and skyscrapers.

These blanket-like roofs have been around for centuries in Scandinavia and Iceland. And now that we are experiencing erratic climate changes, places such as Toronto in Canada have made green roofs mandatory, while Chicago provides financial assistance to promote them.

All over the world, architects and developers have embraced this concept and green roofs have become the equivalent of mirrored glass. More than just frou-frou, green roofs help reduce heat during summers and also provide heat insulation during cool winter months. It also provides habitat for birds and insects, and the relaxing ambience can become a haven that building residents can enjoy. Read the full article here

By Maria Belgado