by , 07/20/06

green roof, roof garden, new york times, west village, sedum

Talk about having your cake and eating it, too, a family in the West Village has brought a little country into the city by plopping a bucolic meadow and a classic front porch on the roof of their Manhattan apartment building.

With research and architectural planning, they figured out how to plant out a 1,200-sq-ft sedum roof that wouldn’t compromise the structural integrity of the building. On the contrary, it would offer natural insulation and prevent excessive storm run-off, all while enabling the owners of the top floor apartment to rock in their porch swing and overlook a tranquil green expanse, against the backdrop of the New York City skyline.

Read the whole article here.

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  1. Caroler Fisher October 20, 2006 at 2:51 am

    Reminds me of Kramer’s “cool breezes of Anytown USA” on a Seinfeld episode.

  2. Inhabitat » Blog ... August 1, 2006 at 5:58 am

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  3. Anna August 1, 2006 at 2:02 am

    The very traditional look of the house is somewhat incongruous up there in the NY skyline. Love the roof and the idea but the house lacks something in terms of being responsive to its context…

  4. Cherry Coloured »... July 28, 2006 at 8:14 pm

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  5. Lynn July 25, 2006 at 6:05 pm

    Simply brilliant! At least they won’t have to take a long drive to anywhere just to be near some greenery.

  6. Scott July 24, 2006 at 2:26 am

    I was at the hospital today after reading this article, and looking out the window and seeing the flat roof on part of the hospital. It reminded me of this article, and made me think how cool it would be for the patients to have some grass to look at or a cute little cottage to relax in.

  7. Liquid July 23, 2006 at 4:24 am

    I love this idea! It just goes to show that with a little imagination any place can be cozy eh?

  8. Jaime from Design Milk July 23, 2006 at 4:16 am

    This is such an awesome idea!

  9. Ulrike July 21, 2006 at 10:27 pm

    That is absolutely gorgeous!

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