GREEN ROOF ALERT! Urban paradise on top of the 900 Shops on Michigan Avenue!

Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on August 19, 2009

Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects turned the 14,000 square foot rooftop of the 900 Shops, located at 900 N. Michigan Avenue, into a pretty awesome eco-friendly retreat that was awarded with the 2008 Green Roof Award of Excellence.  The green roof is completely modular, or in very basic terms separated into “trays” of soil and plants.  900’s green roof is composed of hardy, low-maintenance plants like grasses, tall verbena, phlox and nodding onion, which are arranged into different patterns so not only is it cool from the roof itself, but it gives a pretty cool view from the floors above.  This green roof was also designed to incorporates small trees, including Japanese tree lilacs and cranberry cotoneaster.  An outdoor patio was built with recycled concrete and sustainable, toxin-free ipe wood.  To polish off the look, pergolas were built to house the seating and dining areas.  This green roof is the epitome of what I love about the idea of a green roof.  Not only do you have the amazing city views from a completely livable area outside, the green roof helps keep the 900 Shops insulated from the elements and reduces rain runoff.  Benefits to all I say!




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