A new ecological urban retreat by NAU | Future Design Series No. 4

The Living Roof offers the essence of the city. It condenses all daily life’s needs into a compact and self-sustaining capsule.  Intended as an urban rooftop getaway, but ready to be airlifted into the savanna at short notice, its ultra-insulated shell and regenerative systems allow the Living Roof to exist largely off the grid.  Its sensuous form feed wind into mini-turbines at each end, while funneling rainwater to collectors.  Integrated photovoltaic cells also help to make the Living Roof one of the world’s greenest structures.

Used as an alternative to hotel rooms or as a temporary residence for multi-city dwellers, the Living Roof project exists as individual suites spread throughout the city. Inside, rather than dispersing activities horizontally,  a functional ring vertically combines sleep, lounge and work areas.  Guests can choose their desired mode and the ring rotates the appropriate module downwards.  Luxury, style and ecology are effortlessly provided in the Living Roof. A new urban retreat, a refuge to recover, plan excursions into the city, or simply stare into the stars.


  1. Bed
  2. Seating element
  3. Writing desk element
  4. Infoscreen/Television
  5. Exterior skin with photovoltaic cells
  6. Motorized sun shade louvers
  7. Wind turbine
  8. Generator and battery packs
  9. Wardrobe
  10. Entry hatch
  11. Shower Area
  12. Water collection and filtration tanks
  13. Cooktop
  14. Sink
  15. Toilet compartment