Eight Great Rooftop Gardens

In years gone by, relaxing is not a word that would be commonly associated with inner-city apartment rooftops. Little more than a home for noisy air conditioning units, they were hardly the place to kick back with friends on a warm Sunday afternoon.

But how things have changed. With green space being in short supply and inner-city apartment living proving ever more popular, architects have looked to take advantage of rooftop space. Rising above the hustle and bustle of the street, these sanctuaries in the sky often present incredible views, and have the added bonus of reducing a building’s energy use.

Ok, they might not be as conducive as a typical backyard for a game of cricket, but for a place to relax with friends and get to know the neighbours, a well-designed rooftop garden is hard to beat.

Here, we look at eight of the best from around the world…


The rooftop garden of the Observatory Tower building overlooking Sydney Harbour

image: Secret Gardens


Apartments in the Södermalm district of Stockholm, designed by Stockholm-based Utopia Arkitekter

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Chicago City Hall

image: National Geographic


View from the rooftop garden of The Pearl Apartment is Seattle, Washington

image: equityapartments.com


Rooftop garden and apiary on InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel

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Culpeper Roof Garden, London

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A garden located on the roof of a garage in Glebe, Sydney

image: Secret Gardens


The Brooklyner Apartments – Rooftop Lounge, Brooklyn

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