Roof gardens: aesthetics and much more

Roof gardens: aesthetics and much more

The story of the roof gardens interwines with the history of the civilization.

They used to decorate the houses already in the antiquity like those built by King Nebuchadnezzar in the ancient city of Babylonia, around 590 BC and considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world; like the roof gardens built in Roman times or the roofs covered by green sods in Scandinavia.


Currently more and more architects, designers and construction companies introduce  green roofing in their projects: the high urban development of the cities has caused a research of new green areas within the built-up area, to balance the metropolitan environment where we live.

Infact, the roof gardens have a lot to offer: they are not purely decorative, their realization leads interesting benefits in many sectors. In the city they could become a real protective barrier: they are a great acoustic insulator, holding back powders and the harmful substances transported by the wind, absorbing them through the photosynthesis process of the plants and producing oxygen.

Roof gardens can stop large amounts of rainwater, delaying  the flow towards pipes and sewage disposal, decreasing considerably the quantity impact on water collecting network.
This characteristic has positive consequences also on environmental well-being: it contains air dryness and, thanks to the slow evaporation of water, it maintains a good thermo-hygrometric balance.


In addition, recent university studies have proved that the substrate of roof gardens is able to absorb a good deal of the electromagnetic emissions of the cellular network and the transceivers.

The green roof has a positive impact on our well-being even in a direct way: it is able to affect our mood while satisfying the need to live in a natural environment. The perception of smells and rustle of leaves, the contact with nature and the vision of green tones help to relax and restore our psychophysical equilibrium.

If all this is not enough, you can not fail to consider that the roof gardens also increase the real estate value of buildings!

Susanna Dei Rossi

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