30 Roof Garden Ideas For Your Designer Home

Roof garden designs are the latest craze among house-owners who want their homes to stand a class apart from the rest. Roof gardens are an especially popular addition to a designer home. At a time when spacious homes are few and far between, particularly in the urban sector, roof gardens offer a wonderful alternative to that lush backyard garden. After all, how does it matter whether your roof garden is on the ground floor or the top floor? What matters is that you have your own little green paradise within the comforts of your home.

Roof garden homes are common nowadays. But not too long ago, they were a rare phenomenon. Of course, there were gardens on the roof that roused both envy and admiration. A fine example is the famous Kensington Roof Garden, which remains the oldest and finest roof garden in all of London. The garden was commissioned by the Derry and Toms department store, a link that has stuck – many Londoners still refer to this tourist attraction as Derry and Toms Roof Garden.

Owned by Sir Richard Branson since 1981, the Kensignton Roof Garden is spread across 1.5 acres. It stands 100 feet above the street level. Moreover, the garden is divided into three sections – the English Woodlands, a Tudor Garden and a Spanish Garden. You will find plenty of shrubs and trees, including fruit trees and imposing oaks. There are several sitting areas, ponds, and many species of fish and wildlife. The English Woodland is home to four resident flamingoes, and is best visited in spring. If you are heading here in summer, make a beeline for the Tudor Garden with its evergreen shrubs, lilies, roses and lavender. If you have been to Granada, Spain, you might notice the Spanish Garden’s resemblance with the Alhambra.

If you are planning to design a home and install a lovely garden on the roof, a trip to London’s Kensington Roof Garden might be in order. If you cannot travel to London just yet, the rooftop garden photos in this post should provide plenty of inspiration for your little green rooftop escape.

Kensington Roof Garden

Where: London, United Kingdom

London’s oldest and most famous high altitude garden is rich in flora, fauna and architectural design. Entry is free, so make sure to visit when in London.

Roof Garden at Kensington Gardens

Roof Garden By Secret Gardens

Where: Sydney, Australia

This wonderfully landscaped garden sits 25 floors above street level. Buxus hedging and topiary cones provide structure to the garden, while iris and lavender add color and fragrance. The fine view of Sydney’s skyscrapers is a definite plus.

Penthouse roof garden

Roof Garden Tops Eco House

Where: United Kingdom

The owner, who is an architect, believed that this would be a fine addition to his British eco house. A decade since this story began the rooftop garden is flourishing. Accessible via a ladder, the rooftop garden is home to palm trees, yucca and bamboo, in addition to cacti, bulbs, grasses and more.

Eco house roof garden

Roof Garden At Nanyang Technological University

Where: Singapore

The garden adorning the roof of the five-story Nanyang Technological University is a design marvel. This design marvel by CPG Consultants provides insulation for the university building while also cooling the area and harvesting rainwater.

Roof garden at Nanyang Technological University

Roof Garden At Acros Fukoka Building

Where: Japan

This office building has an enormous terraced roof 60 meters above that leads to and joins the neighboring park. Over 76 species of plants can be found here.

Acros Fukoka Building roof garden

Roof Garden At Waldspirale

Where: Darmstadt, Germany

The innovative Waldspirale building is, like its name suggests, a wooded spiral. The residential complex houses 105 apartments, and green enthusiasts can spend hours on its beautiful, nature-rich rooftop garden.

Waldspirale roof garden

Roof Garden At Housing Development Board

Where: Singapore

This unexpected green oasis on the roof sits in the building of the Housing Development Board, close to the Commonwealth MRT.

Roof garden at Singapore Housing Development Board

Roof Garden At Marriott Hotel

Where: Canada

This luxury hotel has developed a green landscape on the roof above the entrance to its underground parking area.

Marriott Hotel roof garden

Roof Garden At Horniman Museum

Where: United Kingdom

The rooftop oasis of green covers an area of 3,035 square feet. The museum and its gardens were a gift to London in 1901 by a Victorian era tea trader named Frederick John Horniman. The museum is named after him.

Horniman Museum roof garden

Roof Garden At St. Luke’s International Hospital

Where: Japan

This wonderfully maintained roof garden stands atop the sixth floor ceiling in the St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo.

St. Luke' International Hospital roof garden

Roof Garden At Pau

Where: France

This rooftop green space will awe you with the sheer geometry of its design.

Pau roof garden

Roof Garden At The Sun House

Where: Singapore

This eco-friendly home naturally houses a green roof. If you want to design a beautiful contemporary home with a green roof, take inspiration from the Sun House.

Sun house roof garden

Roof Garden At Huangdu Art Center

Where: Beijing, China

The offbeat architecture of the Huangdu Art Center makes for a fabulous setting for a rooftop garden rich in flora and fauna.

Huangdu Art Center roof garden

Roof Garden At Mentougou Eco Valley By Eriksson Architects

Where: China

This 28-kilometer eco valley is includes an Ecological Silicon Valley. The area will include, among other things, nine environmental research institutes.

Mentougou Eco Valley roof garden

Roof Garden Units From Roomworks

Where: United Kingdom

Now you can get your own independent office unit in your very own backyard, and install a roof garden on it. It is the perfect addition to your designer home.

Roomworks roof garden units

Roof Garden At The Fish House By Guz Architects

Where: Singapore

Minimalist design, a palette of blue, white and grey, and a rooftop garden to boot – the Fish House is the ultimate in green luxury.

Fish House roof garden

Roof Garden To Fill In That Missing Green

Where: Anywhere you like

This beauty is a rooftop garden for the community. Not only does it have a garden with a play area but it also features a barbecue, a bridge and a shock-absorbing surface.

Rooftop garden

Roof Garden At Blok K By NL Architects

Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Blok K is a residential community coming up in east Amsterdam. Roof gardens figure prominently in its plans.

Blok K roof garden

Roof Garden At Terrasses Cap-á-l’Aigle

Where: Quebec, Canada

Minimalist architecture combines with green design to give you this residential project in Canada. Roof gardens are an integral part of this residential complex.

Terrasses Cap-á-l’Aigle roof garden

Roof Garden At A Penthouse

Sydney, Australia

This rooftop oasis offers a brilliant view of the Sydney harbor but also offers other luxury amenities such as ponds, walkways and a hot tub.

Roof garden at Sydney

Roof Garden At Surrey

Where: Surrey, United Kingdom

This rooftop garden atop a designer home offers lovely views of the Surrey skyline. It also features cozy sitting areas for the owners and their guests.

Surrey roof garden

Roof Garden At 900 North Residences

Where: Chicago, USA

A  14,000-square-foot condo at this premium residential complex in the Chicago area features a host of luxury amenities and wonderful rooftop garden.

900 North Residences roof garden

Roof Garden At Trilussa Palace Hotel

Where: Rome, Italy

The green roof atop this hotel in romantic Italy is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner date after a day of sightseeing.

Trilussa Palace Hotel roof garden

Roof Garden At Clerkenwell Garden

Where: United Kingdom

This beautiful green roof offers both artificial grass and irrigated plants. It naturally has sitting areas, but also features raised beds and a red cedar deck.

Clerkenwell roof garden

Roof Garden At Circus Bath

Where: United Kingdom

If you are looking to design a contemporary home with a green roof look to the garden at Circus Bath for inspiration. There is plenty of space to relax and lounge around, and a full kitchen as well.

Circus bath roof garden

Roof Garden At Hotel Portoghesi Roma

Where: Rome, Italy

The lush greenery is the perfect backdrop for lovely unhurried conversation at this destination in Rome.

Portoghesi Roma roof garden

Roof Garden At Urban Family Home

Where: Chicago, USA

This urban designer home has a cozy rooftop garden that offers dining and sitting areas. It is ideal for spending quality family time together.

Urban roof garden

Roof Garden At The Trafalgar

Where: London, United Kingdom

Sip on some cocktails while admiring the London skyline at this green roof atop The Trafalgar hotel in London.

Trafalgar Hotel roof garden

Roof Garden At Emperador Hotel

Where: Madrid, Spain

All roof gardens are green, but this one atop the Emperador Hotel comes with a full-size swimming pool as well.

Emperador Hotel roof garden

Roof Garden By Amber Freda

Where: USA

The flowers and the cushions provide a pop of color in this urban green roof.

Amber Freda roof garden