Gallery: BIG Architects’ Hill House has a Garden on Top

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.


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  1. Roman Grunner December 10, 2010 at 5:17 am

    In which city is this building standing? Cant find anything else then Danemark

  2. ecover blog December 8, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Love it! Reminds us of our factory in Belgium! Thanks for sharing!
    -Deb for Ecover

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