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7 awesome rooftop gardens

7 Awesome rooftop gardens.

Perhaps Jack Lukeman sings it best when he starts to sing his rooftop lullaby;

Mother, is there something in the sky?
Something up there that they hide
A jewel for me and you
An apple tree with fallen fruit

rooftop lullaby  Jack Lukeman.

Here in no particular order we show you 7  awesome rooftop gardens around the globe.

1. Pinnacle @ Duxton Singapore

Completed 2009
Roof 156 m (512 ft)
Floor count 50 storeys & basement carpark
Main contractor Chip Eng Seng Corporation
Architect Khoo Peng Beng,
Belinda Huang,
Sandy Ng,
Lim Khim Guan and
ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism
in Collaboration with
RSP Architects, Planners & Engineers (Pte) Ltd

Pinnacle @ Duxton Singapore is one of the tallest Housing Board flats in Singapore The Sky Park on the 50th floor offers a 360 degree view over Singapore.

It costs S$5 for non-residents to go up and the number of Visitors per days is restricted to 200 a day. The website shows how many have already gone up this day!

It’s minimalist Zen garden 50 storeys high holds certainly a future for some relaxing and meditation for its residents.

2. Sutton Place (NY)

Located in one of New York City’s most exclusive and prestigious neighborhoods, AKA Sutton Place is a residential respite from the bustle of midtown Manhattan. Formerly the Sutton Hotel, this elegant pre-war building and its 76 beautifully-designed apartments have been fully renewed with a gracious ambiance that is impressive, yet intimate.

This apartment with roof terrace is yours for around $1200 a day.

Sutton Place
330 East 56th St.
New York, NY

3.ACROS Fukuoka (Fukuoka, Japan)

Completed 1994
Building type Commercial
size 1049406 sq.ft.
Landscape architect Nihon Sekkei Takenaka Corporation
Architect Emilio Ambasz, Emilio Ambasz and Associates, Inc.
Associate Architect: Nihon Sekkei

Sometimes there has to be found a compromise. the people want a park and the city want to utilize the expensive ground in the downtown area for commercial activities. In Fukuoka they came up with this.

Along the edge of the park, the building steps up, floor-by-floor, in a stratification of low, landscaped terraces. Each terrace floor contains an array of gardens for meditation, relaxation, and escape from the congestion of the city, while the top terrace becomes a grand belvedere, providing an incomparable view of the bay of Fukuoka and the surrounding mountains.

Argentine-born, U.S. architect Emilio Ambasz transposed a nearly 100,000-square-meter park in the city center onto 15 stepped terraces of the ACROS, “Asian Crossroads Over the Sea,” Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall. The design for ACROS Fukuoka proposes a powerful new solution for a common urban problem: reconciling a developer’s desire for profitable use of a site with the public’s need for open green space. The plan for Fukuoka fulfills both needs in one structure by creating an innovative agro-urban model.

4. 20 pine (NY)

Located on the 25th floor  at 20 Pine street New York  and designed by Armani Casa.

5.Rockefeller centre

Completed 1936
Building type Commercial
Owner Rockefeller Family
Landscape architect Ralph Hancock and A. M. Vanden Hock
Architect Reinhardt and HofmeisterCorbett, Harrison and MacMurrayHood and Fouihoux

In at least one way, Rockefeller Center was green before its time. For 75 years formal gardens have bloomed on the roofs of the British Empire Building and Maison Française as well as on the setbacks of other Center buildings. Developer John R. Todd and architect Raymond Hood believed that architectural design should provide aesthetic delight to tenants as well as passersby, and installed these “hanging gardens” as a visual treat for the thousands of workers in the Center’s buildings.

6. Kaiser Roof Garden (Oakland California)

Completed 1960
Roof 118.72 m (389.5 ft)
Floor count 28
Main contractor Robert E. McKee Contractor, Inc.
Architect Welton BecketOsmundson & Staley

Inspired by the rooftop garden at Rockefeller Center in New York City, industrialist Henry Kaiser hired the landscape architecture firm of Osmundson & Staley to design a garden atop the parking garage next to his company’s headquarters in downtown Oakland, California.

The garden opened in 1960 as the first “true” post-World War II rooftop garden in the U.S. The garden’s hardscape incorporated materials such as aluminum and cement made by Kaiser Industries for many of its large-scale projects around the world. Today, many of those hardscape elements are aging. Furthermore, the addition of taller adjacent buildings since the roof top’s completion, has altered the environmental conditions in which the garden was designed.

7.hundertwasserhaus (Vienna Austria)

Completed 1985
Type 52 apartments,  4 offices
Location Vienna austria
Architect Friedensreich HundertwasserJoseph Krawina

The end the house was built between 1983 and 1985 according to the ideas and concepts of Hundertwasser with architect Prof. Joseph Krawina as a co-author and architect Peter Pelikan as a planner. It features undulating floors (“an uneven floor is a divine melody to the feet”, a roof covered with earth and grass, and large trees growing from inside the rooms, with limbs extending from windows. Hundertwasser took no payment for the design of the house, declaring that it was worth it, to prevent something ugly from going up in its place.

Within the house there are 52 apartments, four offices, 16 private terraces and three communal terraces, and a total of 250 trees and bushes. The Hundertwasser House is one of Vienna’s most visited buildings and has become part of Austria’s cultural heritage.

Hundertwasserhaus Vienna Austria

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One comment on “7 awesome rooftop gardens

  1. Nootropic
    April 10, 2012

    This blog has inspired me to continue writing on my own blog

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