Gardens in the Sky: The Rise of Green Urban Architecture

Look, up in the sky!

It’s a bird!

It’s a plane!

It’s a… garden?

Yes, believe it or not, people have started creating gardens on the roofs aka green roofs.

So what’s this actually about?

Have some folks just decided to plant a few trees on a building roof out of fun?

Surely there is a bigger story behind all that… and we’re here to tell it.


“One of the most interesting global

sustainability trends is the appearance

of so-called green roofs, aka gardens 

in the sky and by the looks of it,

the trend will continue growing

in a large scale.”


Here you can get a proper insight in the complete concept of green roofs, of their advantages,

popularity, but also their sudden appearance all over the world.

What Is It?

Gardens in the Sky: The Rise of Green Urban Architecture

The whole concept of is actually quite simple – the goal is to transform a roof (or a

part of it) into a living space, covered with vegetation.

Of course, the idea might seem simple and perhaps silly, but its background is actually quite


If you thought that these are just with a few plants planted in pots, then you better

think again.

Underneath this thriving vegetation exists a growing medium, followed by a filter membrane and

a drainage system, accompanied by a waterproof and repellent layer, a support panel and thermal


After all these cleverly thought out tiers, there comes a vapour control layer and finally the structural


While the idea might strike you as odd, soon you’ll find out that there is a perfect logically reason

behind this comprehensive project.

How It Started?

Gardens in the Sky: The Rise of Green Urban Architecture

There are quite a number of speculations of where the trend has originated.

This is mostly because the concept of green roofs has been present for quite some time, but the

advanced urban architecture projects have appeared quite recently.

A few centuries ago the first signs of green roofs appeared in northern Scandinavia, except they were

called sod roofs and were used to hold the birch bark (a water-tight element of the roof) in place.

Modern green roofs, on the other hand, have appeared in the 60s in Germany, as a way of energy


Since then, many European countries have embraced the trend, but ,

with estimated 10% of all German roofs becoming green.

Benefits of Green Roofs