Living on the roof

Almost a decade ago during the start of the complicated prefab craze, everybody was applauding
Werner Aisslinger’s Loft Cube, it was expected to be seen all over, but it never happened. But it is a dream that many designers still harbour, this is where NAU comes in, the Swiss architecture firm has designed “a Living Roof, a new ecological civic retreat.”

The architects write:

The Living Roof offers a hint of a city. It condenses all daily life’s needs into a compresed and self-sustaining capsule. Intended as an civic rooftop getaway, though prepared to be airlifted into a savanna with a moments notice, the ultra-insulated bombard and regenerative systems concede the Living Roof to exist mostly off the grid. Its sexy form feeds wind into mini-turbines in any kind of weather , while funneling rainwater to collectors. Integrated photovoltaic cells also assist to make the Living Roof one of a world’s greenest structures.

The pattern has a really tiny footprint, in partial due to a crafty rotating ring that acts as a sofa, a bed, and it rotates out of a approach so that inhabitants can work at the built in desk.

Used as an choice to hotel bedrooms or as a proxy chateau for multi-city dwellers, the Living Roof devise exists as exclusive suites spread out in a city. Inside, rather than dispersing activities horizontally, a organic ring plumb combines sleep, living and work areas. Guests can select their preferred mode and the ring rotates downwards without any hassle. Luxury, character and ecology are the main atributes of the Living Roof. A new civic retreat, a retreat to recover, plan excursions into the city, or simply gaze at stars.

Although the Living Roof cannot be considered as the ultimate solution to a greener way of life, it is great to see the innovation taking place in this arena as global warming, loss of urban space and housing becomes bigger and bigger priorities.

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