Green Roofs: Singapore and Australia
I have recently returned from a trip to Singapore where I saw possibly the most fun green roof ever.
I have never seen a green roof quite like this – accessible to all from ground level. Walk up, saunter down. Or even better – embrace your inner child and roll. Chill out on the grass. Have a picnic. If only more buildings included green roofs as accessible and functional as this!
Planning policy in Singapore requires new developments to replace the area of site coverage with green space on site – and this is often done with roof top gardens and vertical greenery.
Australia is also beginning to see more rooftop gardens, such as this one at the City of Melbourne offices (shown below).
Green roofs and vertical greenery have their issues; they are costly and can be tricky to maintain. However, they convey a range of benefits from storm water management, reducing energy costs and contributing to a reduction in C02 emissions. Perhaps best of all, they also create a place for activity and fun!
See here for more info on the Nanyang Art School green roof.
Follow this link to read a recent age article about green roofs in Melbourne and Sydney.
Check this out to see more about the benefits of green roofs.