Architect's Visit: A Green Roof, With Wildflowers by

Issue 63 · Do-It-Yourself · March 12, 2013

Architect's Visit: A Green Roof, With Wildflowers

Issue 63 · Do-It-Yourself · March 12, 2013

A weekend house for a family of three is built on a grassy plan between the ocean and the mountains in Japan. How do you build a house that sits between the two beautiful views without blocking either? "A grassy plain was cut into and lifted up to produce an in-between space for the house," according to Tokyo-based Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP Architects. As a result, the grassy plain became a living green roof—and playground.

Photographs via Hiroshi Nakamura and NAP Architects.

NAP house with green roof via Gardenista

Above: The roof slab was constructed of non-corrosive concrete and provides additional insulation to keep the house warm.

green roof with a view via Gardenista

Above: "The experience of lying down on the roof becomes equivalent to lying down on the grass ground," according to the architects.

wildflower meadow on a green roof via Gardenista

Above: Seasonal changes in vegetation give the clients an opportunity to clip and shape the roof, creating a different silhouette for the house as the months progress.

looking over the edge of a gree roof to the lawn below via Gardenista

Above: The grass and soil creates a protective layer and reduces the cost of the exterior sheathing.

tools propped up against the side of the house via Gardenista

walls of windows in a house with a green roof via Gardenista

Above: The interior space has "exquisite views of the ocean and the mountains, framed between wildflowers on the roof and the ground," according to the architects.

sliding glass doors and a view of the water via Gardenista

Above: Walls of glass and windows blur the boundaries between indoors and outdoors.

NAP house via Gardenista

For another of our favorite houses that blurs the boundaries between indoors and out, see Transparent Living, Japanese Style.



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