Tuesday, 28 Aug, 2012 Environment
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Four Rooftop Villas Built Atop Green-Roofed Shopping Mall

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Taking the idea of green roofs further, the city of Zhuzhou in Hunan, China decided to build on top of a shopping mall covered with a lush living roof and 4 villas.

According to China Daily, the houses erected atop Jiutian International Square mall will play the role of offices for workers of the mall's real estate developer.

It would be interesting to note that green roofs are used to lessen the impacts of the urban heat island effect, which is currently the issue of many cities. The foliage on rooftops helps cool urban areas that are usually hotter than rural regions.

It is worth mentioning that Zhuzhou is inventing a lot of resources to make its infrastructure greener. The five-story shopping mall has 4 two-story houses located at opposite corners of the roof and measuring 500 square meters.

Zhuzhou Jiutian Real Estate is the company that designed the houses so they would look like villas. The firm used modern designs and landscape decorations to achieve the goal.

[via China Daily]

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