Gallery: 6 Green Roof Resorts from Around the World!

Two Seasons Hotel

Built in the center of Stavanger, Norway, atop an existing parking lot the sleek Two Seasons Hotel by JDS Architects adds a subtitle ribbon of green to the city. The design looks like a classic building block with a central court for light and air which someone put in a pan to melt and glazed with grass. An observation desk on top lets guest take a peek at the roof. The vegetation also helps keep the building cool and reduces the rain storm runoff-- a huge benefit for the city.  Inside guests will find a thoroughly contemporary stay with retail and restaurants set next to the adjacent patio.

Magic Mountain Lodge

This extraordinary retreat sits in a diverse forest region in northern Patagonia and is a base camp at the Hulio Hulio preserve for ecotourists looking to spot a puma or explore the local waterfalls. The hotel is cone shaped with dormer windows peaking out of its vegetated and stone façade. A water spot on top pours over the roof, drenching the plants and anyone at the base of the building. The interior is graced with intricate wooden spaces made from locally harvested lumber. The playful design is intended to evoke an ancient legend that speaks of a magic mountain in the area that grants wishes.

Stone Creek Camp

Perfection in materiality is what comes to mind while looking at the Lake House at Stone Creek Camp in Montana by Andersson Wise Architects. Wrapped in a cordwood façade and topped with a grass roof the resort is made from the raw materials of where it lays in style. The guesthouse favors sweeping views of Flathead Lake from a sleeping porch. The space is really about emersion of design which brings the outdoors in– and the indoors out.

Photo © Skogens Konung


For some, green lodging is really about communing in the heart of nature. If you want to rough it in the Swedish wilderness, then Kolarbyn will scratch that itch. The simple, powerless A-frame huts are shrouded in ferns, grass and strawberries. A small stove at the end keeps it cozy, but you’ll have to brave the inclement weather while heading to the outhouse. It’s not all about cleansing your mind as a jump in the sauna will cleanse your body.


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1 Comment

  1. Vmiller January 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Wow, these images are stunning. Makes me want to go stay in a green shelter.

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