The jagged dips in the roofline of Katja and Adam Thom's cabin on a postglacial archipelago in Canada's Georgian Bay are designed to protect the home against the region's brutal winds.
The geometric roof that tops science fiction writer Chris Brown's Austin, Texas home evokes whimsical inventions that could appear in his novels. As a living roof, the surface is covered in nearly 200 species of plants and grasses, allowing it to blend into the surrounding landscape.
In order to make John and Paige Damiano's home in Boulder, Colorado completely solar-powered, architect Mike Moore engineered photovoltaic panels that extend over the third floor deck like a pair of wings. “If we were going to make a big architectural move, we had to have reasons,” he explains.
When planning Shawn Moseley's Atlanta home, designer Scott Ball wanted to make sure that the structure related to the topography that encompasses it. The butterfly roof is meant to echo a tree-filled valley just beyond the house.
Despite its simple dark-stained plywood design, the roof of this sustainable house in Kingston, Tasmania, gives it a strikingly modern look.
Architect Enric Ruiz-Geli's Villa Bio house outside of Barcelona is an achievement from top to bottom, but the hydroponic rooftop garden with its slinking silhouette is truly jaw-dropping.
This prefab on the shore of Sweden's Müsko Island features an asymmetrical "lifted" roof that facilitates water drainage and provides maximum light exposure during the dark winter months.