Act Romegialli, Green Box, Cerido, 2012
Uplifting urban view from the meadow on the roof top of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago.
Brilliant use of roof top space in Beijing and Hong Kong. Urban farming on roof tops is not a new thing anymore, but the enthusiasm of these two is infectious.
"Water on the Hillside
A long, narrow piece of property is usually difficult to build upon. And erecting a residence on this small, sloped site on the edge of Vienna became even more of a challenge because a steep, wooded berm separated the building footprint from the road. The point of access to the site is thirteen meters above the ground floor level. Now a wooden bridge – which passes through a jungle of treetops– arrives at the building’s uppermost floor.
Along the west side of the house a stream burbles down the hillside, fed by an old fountain. Starting from the basin at this spring, the water proceeds to a pond, where it overflows. It continues via a waterfall and channels to a cistern at the garden’s lower edge. The pond is contained in a gently curved, oversized basin of reinforced concrete; the portion jutting out from the hillside creates a covered space beneath.
During the summer months the garden metamorphoses into a bathing paradise for children, replete with a sand beach along the stream. The sounds of flowing water drown out the noise emanating from the city and the nearby railroad tracks. Just above the pond there is a lawn with campfire, in the lowermost corner a terraced fruit and vegetable garden.”
Description of the fantastically creative and resourceful building/garden by the Viennese architects submitted for the Private Plot award 2007.
This is the rooftop vegetable garden at the Gary Comer Youth Center in Chicago’s south side designed by Hoerr Schaudt landscape architects. It is part of a network of gardens run by the centre that they use as an outdoor laboratory ‘bridging classroom learning with real world applications’. They also run a catering program ‘Seed to table’ using produce from the garden. The centre offers extra curricular support and a safe and positive environment for children who most need it.
It’s so great to see real commitment and money behind a project like this, with outdoor learning at it’s heart. Too many school and community gardens are an afterthought and have to make do with scraps of left over funding. This often leads to an understandably shabby aesthetic to the gardens, with few ‘cues to care’, that can’t inspire or engage it’s potential users. The high-end design of this rooftop garden shows everybody that this garden is important.