That roof over your head can offer much more than mere cover or shade. With a myriad of contemporary designs, roofs are organic, sculptural, pitched, flat and curved. They are walkways, viewing platforms, places to relax, to swim and garden. And increasingly, the roof can provide a building’s energy needs. These fifteen contemporary roofs showcase the array of designs utilized by architects in order to raise the roof.
Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre
The much applauded and somewhat enigmatic Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre was designed by Dublin-based Heneghan Peng Architects. The centre’s sloping grass roof cleverly affords sweeping views of Ireland’s craggy north Antrim coastline. Blending with the surrounding topography, the roof allows visitors to walk over the building and includes window panels that expose glimpses of the exhibition space below.
>Photos © Hufton + Crow.
The ranch-style design of Caterpillar House emphasizes its relatedness to the rolling countryside. By incorporating integrated photovoltaic panels, award-winning residential design practice Feldman Architecture ensured the house was able to supply all of its own energy needs without any compromise to the elegant curve of its low roof. The roof also acts to provide shade from the hot California sun.
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Camino A Farellones
The horizontal plane of this modern roof structure acts to cover a beautiful, bright and spacious pavilion setting that overlooks the surrounding Andes mountain ranges…