Los Senderos Tribute to the “Father of the Green Roof”

No, this isn’t a computer-generated image: this is one of the most famous sod-covered green roofs in the world. We aim for the same concept at Los Senderos!

Sustainability remains a foundational component of Los Senderos’ design initiatives, and we’ve introduced you here in our blog to the green building techniques incorporated into our homes: rammed-earth construction, solar energy, xeriscaping.

Oh, and don’t forget our green roofs!

Ever wonder where such innovation originated? Austrian-born artist and architect Friedrich Stowasser—popularly known as Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser, whose first name roughly translates as Peace-rich or Peaceful—widely receives credit as the Father of the Green Roof.

Friedensreich developed an artistic sensibility early in his career—despite only spending three months at Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts—and the common themes in his work utilized bright colors, organic forms, a reconciliation of humans with nature, and a strong individualism, rejecting straight lines.

From the early 1950’s, he increasingly focused on architecture, advocating more human and environmental friendly buildings.  In Friedensreich’s  “Mouldiness Manifesto against Rationalism in Architecture” in 1958, he rejected rationalism, the straight line and functional architecture, arguing that “…Just carrying a ruler with you in your pocket should be forbidden, at least on a moral basis. The ruler is the symbol of the new illiteracy…”

With his residential project Waldspirale—the name translates to Forest Spiral—in Darmstadt, Germany, our free-spirited, ecologically-minded architect and activist designed a green courtyard on the gentle incline of the roof.  Ecologically sound, beautiful, and insulating, it proved the birth of the green roof.

Los Senderos gave nod to Friedensreich’s green roof concept many years ago, when we began designs for our first model home.  But now it’s a reality: our first sod-covered roof is a xeriscaped garden of drought-tolerant plants that doubles as a garden you can enjoy up close and personal, every time you visit the roof for a spectacular view of Los Senderos and the city beyond.

Want to learn more about our sustainable homes? Contact us here and let us show you how a stroll on the roof becomes one of the many pleasures of life at Los Senderos!

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