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Rooftop Architecture

Building on an Elevated Surface

Author:Ed Melet, Eric Vreedenburgh

Publisher:NAi Uitgevers

ISBN: 90-5662-363-0

  • Paperback
  • English
  • 208 Pages
  • Jan 13, 2005

The land in big cities has be used more intensively, but the possibilities are limited. One of the leading options for the future is the use of the flat roofs of residential buildings and office blocks as a building site. Rooftop buildings can intensify the existing city, inject it with new vitality and break through the monofunctionality of a neighbourhood.

The land in big cities has be used more intensively, but the possibilities are limited. One of the leading options for the future is the use of the flat roofs of residential buildings and office blocks as a building site. Rooftop buildings can intensify the existing city, inject it with new vitality and break through the monofunctionality of a neighbourhood.


So far the exploitation of rooftop space has been incidental. This book analyses and describes the opportunities for realizing projects of this kind, as well as the potential difficulties, using interesting examples of construction on top of existing buildings in the Netherlands and abroad. It will therefore be influential in establishing a benchmark for architecture and urban planning that is a necessity if rooftop architecture is to have a serious future.

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