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19 Beautiful Grass Roofs

Wouldn’t it be great to have more greenery in our everyday lives? Plants help maintain temperatures, they produce oxygen, and last but not least – they add beauty to our lives. In many northern European countries, grass / turf roofs were commonly used for centuries, and now scientists are rediscovering how beneficial they are both to us and the environment.

Lord of the Rings Movie Set, New Zealand

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The set of Peter Jackson's cinematic version of J.R.R. Tolkien's most famous series of books.  Source

 

Almen, Norway

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Located at the foot of Mt. Sinjarheim, the old farming settlement of Almen, last occupied in 1912. The last standing cabin has recently been restored and is now maintained by the Norwegian Cultural Monuments Foundation. Source

 

Troms, Norway

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Located on the shores of the Lyngen fjord and surrounded by the Lyngen Alps, is a small, isolated cabin with a charming grass roof. Source

 

Hemsedal, Norway

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Nature does not care if it's a roof or not, unless stopped - trees will grow where they may. This 19th century house it in dire need of some TLC, or the trees will destroy it. Source

 

Sake, Faroe Islands

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This is an old Saksun farmhouse, known as a Duvugarðar. Faroe Islands farmers inhabited houses like this since the Middle Ages, and even up to the beginning of the 20th century.  Source

 

Northern Norway

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Another grass-roofed house in Norway. Look at the lush greenery and the stream flowing down the mountain. Source

 

Saksun, Faroe Islands

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The grass roof provides superior insulation from both the cold winds, and the rain. The Faroe Islands experience over 260 days of rain every year. Source

 

Heptonstall, England

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Hidden in the small Yorkshire village of Heptonstall, is this little cottage, often referred to as "Hobbit's Home". Source

 

Heimaey, Iceland

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In Iceland's past, obtaining building materials was difficult, and people used whatever local materials were available, namely - stone and sod. Source

 

Hof, Iceland

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A small church with a turf roof, constructed in 1883. The area is known for its flowing mists, which descend from the mountains. Source

 

Reykjavik, Iceland

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If allowed, the grass on the roof will grow and encompass more and more surfaces, so maintainance is important. Source

 

Glaumbaer, Iceland

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Other than the renovated front, these stone houses have been standing on that spot for several hundred years.  Source|Source

 

Norway

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There are several villages throughout Norway that sport turf roofs, thanks to their superior insulation. In these villages, it is not uncommon to see sheep or goats atop the roofs, as they keep wild growth at bay.  Source

 

Oslo, Norway

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Located in Oslo's Folkemuseum, this log house with its sod roof is an actual remnant from Norway's past. Source

 

Typical Summer Home, Norway

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Iceland

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This stone and turf shack is the entrance to a local hotspring. The entrance is marked by classic nordic snake carvings.Source

 

Fossestuen Restaurant, Norway

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This magnificent building used to be a restaurant in the 1890's. It is now privately-owned and has been converted into an apartment building. Source

 

Reykjavik Botanical Gardens, Norway

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Glaumbaer, Iceland

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A "Turf House" - these type of houses are quite common in Iceland and are said to offer superior insulation to standard stone buildings. Source
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