Apartment Residents Build Green Roof From Scratch

Sourced from the Sydney Morning Herald

An architect, a graphic designer, an art teacher, a film production manager, a sound recordist, a psychologist and a web designer walked into a building – and wisely didn't come up with a lame punchline.

Instead, the owners of the apartments at 38 Westbury Green, St Kilda East, turned the 1950s block into an intriguing example of how a rooftop can be transformed from a wasted open space into a stunning green roof.

Native trees and grasses thrive on what was once a barren white space that served only to draw intense heat into the modernist apartment block, designed by Mordechai Benshemesh. Today, vegie boxes, tended to by residents, yield rosemary and lavender. Children play in the garden sanctuary, swing in the hammock, or explore the plant life.

A green roof reduces stormwater run-off and heat generated on reflective surfaces, and encourages biodiversity.

The building's simple sustainable design solutions have reconnected the residents to nature and strengthened the community. It won the Built Environment category in the 2016 Premier's Sustainability Awards.

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