The vibrant greenery of the Museé de Quai Branlys sits in the heart of Paris, right in the shade of the Eiffel Tower itself. The surface is alive and bustling, but with dignity in the practical architecture of the design.
It’s always a good feeling to glimpse a touch of green in the midst of a grey urban sprawl. Rooftop gardens are invading our urban spaces - they’re on the rise, and equal parts eco-friendly and chic. They add beauty to industrial areas and help lessen our impact upon the environment. Plus, they’re also statistically good for employee morale and productivity compared to a drab break.
The trend isn’t bucking, either. In late 2015, France came close to passing a law stating that all new commercial buildings were required to have either solar panels or a green, growing roof. While the law was blocked (primarily by big business lobbying), it was a popular enough piece of legislation that you can still expect new, exciting images of the Parisian sprawl in the near future, replete with flowering gardens rather than concrete rooftops.
In celebration of the world’s shift towards greener, sustainable practices, here are 20 of our favourite green rooftops and rooftop gardens from around the world. Imagine a future where an entire city would be swarming with green buildings and roofs!