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32 Reclaimed Urban Rooftops

From Rooftop Hotel Pods to Plant Pot-Inspired Buildings

— September 12, 2015 — Eco
Whether it's a rooftop hotel, a garden, a community space, a pool or a concert arena, these innovations prove that a rooftop should never be wasted space.

In highly concentrated urban regions, where backyards, public parks, recreation facilities and other outdoor gathering areas are rare, rooftops are an extremely valuable commodity. With the green movement and the increasing value placed on rapidly disappearing natural space, this idea has come to the attention of the public and of building developers. It's no longer revolutionary to build a sustainable garden or a friendly communal area on top of a condo or apartment building. That's why these ideas take the concept one step further.

These innovations take the idea of rooftop space and utilize it in fresh, impressive ways. For example, a designer's collective in the Netherlands designed a series of rooftop hotel pods that transformed industrial structures into cozy, sustainable micro dwellings.
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Guest Star Rooftop Performances
Guest Star Rooftop Performances
Fallon Kicked Off His First Show with a U2 Rooftop Performance
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Staggered Deck Rooftops
Staggered Deck Rooftops
Skypark by CASE-REAL Features a Luxurious Lounge Area
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Mountain Top Buildings
Mountain Top Buildings
Doctor Zhang Biqing Created an Elaborate Rooftop in Beijing, China
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Colorful Rooftop Exhibits
Colorful Rooftop Exhibits
Daniel Buren Has Transformed a Rooftop Into a Mirrored Paradise
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Hybrid Power Arrays
Hybrid Power Arrays
The World's Largest Wind-Solar Array was Installed by Windstream Technologies
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Palatial Boutique Hotels
Palatial Boutique Hotels
This Cordoba Hotel is Designed to Appear Perpetually Unfinished
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Rooftop Running Track Architecture
Rooftop Running Track Architecture
LYCS Architecture Makes the Most from Limited Space
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Plant Pot-Inspired Buildings
Plant Pot-Inspired Buildings
This Maggie's Centre Building Embraces Plants' Therapeutic Qualities
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Rooftop Airplane Runways
Rooftop Airplane Runways
This Airport Runway Design is Constructed Above the City at Rooftop Level
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Cascading Rooftop Architecture
Cascading Rooftop Architecture
The 333 George Street Development Screams Luxury
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Kite-Inspired Roofing
Kite-Inspired Roofing
This Conceptual Kite-Covered Museum will Present a Visual Rooftop Display
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Rooftop Lounging Abodes
Rooftop Lounging Abodes
The Mirage Residence by Kois Associated Architects is Sleek and Modern
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Swelling Rooftop Churches
Swelling Rooftop Churches
The St. Barnabas Church in Sydney Has an Undulating Top Half
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Urban Rooftop Festivals
Urban Rooftop Festivals
A New Rotterdam Festival Aims to Make Rooftops Alternative Social Spaces
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Fruitful Rooftop Gardens
Fruitful Rooftop Gardens
Cloud 9 is an Exciting New Philadelphia Urban Farming Initiative
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Slatted Rooftop Cabins
Slatted Rooftop Cabins
The Detached Cabin is Intended For an Athens Rooftop
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Sporty Rooftop Shops
Sporty Rooftop Shops
The Nike Miami Store Will Boast an Outdoor Track and Basketball Court
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Rooftop Hotel Pods
Rooftop Hotel Pods
These Hotel Micro Dwellings Perch On Top of Dutch Urban Structures
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Landscape-Mimicking Rooftops
Landscape-Mimicking Rooftops
The China Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015 Resembles a Mountain Range
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Rooftop Garden Headquarters
Rooftop Garden Headquarters
Kickstarter's New Eco-Friendly Office Features a Green Roof Element
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Rooftop Cloud Observatory Pods
Rooftop Cloud Observatory Pods
These Cloud-Like Pods are Actually Outdoor Cooling Devices
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Department Store Artist Residencies
Department Store Artist Residencies
'Room On a Roof' Sits Atop De Bijenkorf in Amsterdam
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Urbanized Rooftop Farms
Urbanized Rooftop Farms
This 42,000 Square Foot Rooftop Farm Was Created in New York
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Adventurous Rooftop Furniture
Adventurous Rooftop Furniture
Designer Aine Bunikyte Creates Unique Outdoor Furniture
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Fish-Fed Rooftop Gardens
Fish-Fed Rooftop Gardens
This Aquaponic Greenhouse is Located on Top of a Metalworking Shop
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Rooftop Hot Tubbed Resorts
Rooftop Hot Tubbed Resorts
The L’Apogée Courchevel Luxury Ski Resort is Charming and Lu
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Wooden Rooftop Beehives
Wooden Rooftop Beehives
The Vulkan Beehive by Snohetta is Intricate
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Concealed Garden Abodes
Concealed Garden Abodes
This Modern Japanese Home Boasts a Hidden Rooftop Garden
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Opposite Atmosphere Abodes
Opposite Atmosphere Abodes
Swedish Design Combines Rustic Patios with Classy Modern Interiors
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Urban Rooftop Bars
Urban Rooftop Bars
The Balmori Rooftop Bar Offers a Place of Respite and Relaxation in Mexico
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Rooftop Farming Kits
Rooftop Farming Kits
This Urban Farmers Modular System Helps Anyone Create Their Own Operation
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Smart Modular Microfarms
Smart Modular Microfarms
These Connected Greenhouse Create Rooftop Gardens in Urban Areas
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