Gallery: 6 Green Roof Resorts from Around the World!

Ok we admit it-- we really love green roofs. Sure they have all kinds of environmentally positive attributes -- like how they keep buildings cool, how they control storm water, how they improve biodiversity, and even how they even reduce the heat island effect. But the real reason we like them so much is that they just look so great! Rarely does building technology merge so much environmental value and aesthetic quality in one fell swoop. So for a little desktop de-stressing, we've rounded up some our favorite green roofed resorts, which range from a rugged destination if the Swedish woods to a not-so-rough relaxation point perched over a pristine Montana Lake. Hit the jump to see them all!

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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