Gallery: Green Roofed Hillside Homes Blend Into their Environs


Austrian architects Tobias Weiss and Gernot Reisenhofer have designed a beautiful series of terraced hillside homes that save energy by blending into their environment. Nestled against the surrounding hills, each green-roofed apartment takes advantage of passive solar design, rainwater recycling, and photovoltaic sunshades.

Weiss and Reisenhofer designed their green hillside community with a variety of passive design features in mind. South-facing windows optimize daylighting and thermal gain in the cooler months, while natural ventilation and photovoltaic shading systems keep the interiors cool during the summer.

The community’s terraced layout ensures that each apartment has a beautiful view, complete with a stretch of green space out front that doubles as an insulating green roof for the unit below. The roofs are populated with local plants and feature rainwater recycling systems that help water the plants and provide greywater for use in the apartments. A series of pedestrian walkways winds between these rooftop parks, encouraging the use of sustainable transportation and creating a tightly knit community.


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  2. bishshiro March 28, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Hi I’m a student of the University of Nairobi I would like to ask for more information on gravity evasive measures used in the design of the green roofed hillside homes plus more photos on the homes themselves with their measurements so as to see the possibility of actualizing this project

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