Bjarke Ingles of BIG is one of our favorite starchitects and is famous for his large-scale projects with green roofs -- but he's also quite talented at residential projects as evidenced by this green-roofed home he designed for Danish home builder M2. The M2 Hill House was inspired by the outdoors, and Ingels sought to maximize the home's green space by placing it beneath a flourishing garden. The multi-purpose green roof provides insulation, recreation, relaxation and water infiltration.
M2 Homes offers a range of residences designed by well-known architects at prices comparable to traditional houses. They asked Bjarke Ingels to design a home and he was inspired by the garden because it is one of the aspects that many people enjoy most about their homes. As it is an important feature for many people, Ingels made the garden the primary feature.
The Hill House is not a house with a garden — it is a garden house that sits underneath a green roof covered in sedum plants, which are low maintenance and drought tolerant. The sedum roof infiltrates water and insulates the interior from heat in the summer and cold in the winter. Placing the garden on top of the house also creates an interesting topography for play or leisure — in wintry Denmark, it might even be possible to use it as a ski or sledding hill.
Under the green roof sits a simply-designed home with an open floor plan kitchen, living room, and dining room — all of which face the side of the house with large glass windows, providing views out into the yard and to the south. Three bedrooms, a utility room and bathrooms line the back wall of the house, which is covered with a wooden facade for protection from the wind. Each room in the back opens up onto the shared living spaces.
Outside, another green-roofed structure serves as a carport and storage area. All M2 houses offer a degree of flexibility when it comes to materials, design and size — rooms, bathrooms and storage can all be customized to accommodate each family. The first Hill House for M2 homes was completed back in 2007.
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