When living in the city it is not always possible to have a courtyard-open space at ground level that can be used to run around, bake, or just enjoy the weather.
Small Lot and vertical living room to the rooftop room in lieu of the courtyard. And one way of uniting this rooftop space inside the house is by building additional roofs. Here are some projects that sustain themselves on the roof for a variety of reasons.
Tehama Grasshopper designed by Fougeron Architecture is a project that I show on more than one occasion. Relative to other projects in Houzz, this is unique in being a surprising warehouse and modern interior that belies the pretty ordinary exterior.
The addition of the rooftops in San Francisco is a single-story glass piece marked by a bent window on one side.
From across the street, it seems clear how the roof is a new element in the two-storey building. The glass enclosure is not entirely alien-roughly the size of one of the windows below-but glass articulation and framing make it more open than the existing window.
From the top of the stairs leading up to this penthouse, we can see that a bedroom occupies the room. Notice how the door at the end of the photo is made specifically, to fit next to the sloped wall facing the roof deck.
Looking back at the stairs, it is clear how the projection window is related to the tangling on the ceiling above the stairs. This kink creates another window that brings more light to the bedroom.
Now looking along the stairs, perpendicular to the previous photo, it seems obvious that the usable roof space is found on the other side of this addition.
Therefore the occupants can enjoy the open space at various times of the day by following the sun on the roof.
Heading to Canada and Toronto, the master bedroom and additional bathroom on the third floor designed by Wanda Ely Architect is perched atop an existing building, much more characteristic of housing than the previous example. Obviously from this view that the addition of about 2/3 covered and 1/3 roof decks.
The view from another corner shows the window and glass doors between the inside and outside and the wooden fence in the foreground; The first connects inside and outside, while the latter provides privacy.
From within that extra, it is clear that the roof deck is an intimate extension of the space in it. Viewed from the outside, yes, small decks, but little open space in the city.
Viewed from the outside, yes, small decks, but little open space in the city. Sliding glass doors are also a great way to unite inside and outside, bringing a bit of outdoor to the house.
As with the previous example, the addition of this roof above the three-storey condominium in San Francisco unified inside and outside through a wall that can be operated.
From the top of the stair, the custom cabinetry on one side of the large room is evident. Note how the clerestory windows are echoed in the recessed areas above the doors, used for locating picture frames.
From one of the doors below the photo frame, the view towards the interoperable wall makes it clear that the rhythm of the walls and clerestories extends out to the guardrail and even the planters. The roof deck gives cues.