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D.C.’s best green roofs

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By Vaclav Malek for CurbedDC

As the leaves begin to fall off the trees, we thought we would take a look at a few green roofs just to remind us of warmer seasons. Here are four we thought deserved special mention. Click on the photos to see larger versions, and check out the link at the bottom for more cool rooftops.

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Photo: KieranTimberlake


Sidwell Friends School, Cathedral Heights
An example of a great client and architect collaboration that leads to an amazing project. Kieran Timberlake architects transformed the school campus with their addition and renovation and gave the school a tangible representation of their ideals. The green roof also contains herb gardens for school kids as part of their curriculum.

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Photo: Michael Van Valkenburgh


American Society of Landscape Architects, Chinatown
Not to be outdone at its own game, ASLA set out to create a project to demonstrate the possibilities and benefits of a green roof on top of its own home. Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates produced an accessible area that negotiates limited space and various mechanical systems with their "green waves."

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Photo: WorkspaceDesign


World Wildlife Fund, West End
One of the largest green roofs in Washington, with about 27,000 square feet of roof space. The roof was part of their Platinum LEED Existing Building program that was in step with WWF mission statement of protecting the future of nature.

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Photo: BreadForTheCity


Bread for the City, Shaw
The first large scale rooftop agriculture project in the D.C. region. An ongoing project that works with the community takes the green roof to another level. The Northwest Center boasts 3,500 square feet with education and production coming together in an urban setting.


See four more fantastic local rooftops, including the ATF Building and a Georgetown Pepco substation, on CurbedDC.

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