Building on the top of rooftops is becoming fairly common on our over-crowded planet, but have you ever seen a home that has 3 box rooms, 3 trees and a meadow on its roof? Roger Christ was commissioned by a family of four to expand a German bungalow originally built in the 1960s, but he had to go vertical instead of horizontal because of space restrictions. In response to these challenges, he planted 3 glass boxes connected by a highly glazed, transparent corridor on a cantilevered roof, and surrounded them with a courtyard, a mini-meadow, and trees!
The three new boxes on the roof house a master bedroom, dressing room and bath room, as well as a personal living room and home office. There’s a meadow and apple tree in one corner, a courtyard and pine tree in another, and yet more green space is populated with a magnolia. This urban rooftop space is managed so well that the family can even watch movies projected on an outside wall.
Downstairs, the original bungalow was gutted to create a large open plan centered around a kitchen. There’s also space for the children, a spare room, and a dressing room. Downstairs and upstairs, triple glazed windows pump plenty of natural light into the entire house without a lot of solar gain, making this beautiful renovation super energy efficient too!
all images © Thomas Herrmann
Via Arch Daily