Gallery: 6 Green Roof Resorts from Around the World!

Forum Homini Hotel In the cradle of human's origin is a eco resort that stays true to its origins. Activate Architects developed this hotel on the Letamo Estate in South Africa as a way to express ecological design through the repurposing of deconstructed buildings from the site as well as restoring the ground to its native state. The lush green roof and high mass wall regulates the indoor environment so well the hotel uses 75% less energy for climate control.

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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