The most beautiful top landmark views are a result of beautiful architectural style and beautiful roofs.
Roofs were primarily made for the protection of homes and shelter but over the years, roofing has been made known to carry a lot of aesthetic values and unique designs. The world is not just looking for a roof for protection, roofing now has its contributes to the aesthetics of the house.
People now experiment with unusual colors and materials like ceramic tiles, glass, etc. to make these roofs.
We are about to take you on a ride to see some of the most beautiful and unique roof designs from around the world.
Wat Rong Khun
Wat Rong Khun means the White temple in English. The Buddhist Chalermachai Kositpipat began the building in 1997 and it’s still ongoing.
The building is a tourist attraction in Thailand. Chalermachai and his team used hand-sculpted detail with traditional religious elements of the Buddha.
Some sculptures of cultural figures can also be found in several places in the temple.
In all, the temple is a such a beautiful sight to behold
Each element of the temple is full of intricate, hand-sculpted detail that Kositpitpat and his team labor over. The roof is no exception, with traditional religious elements, such as depictions of Buddha, hidden among the flourishes. There are also mythical creatures and modern pop culture figures sculpted throughout the several buildings that make up the temple.
Why make the structure all white? Kosipitpat says the white symbolizes Buddha’s purity. The glass and mirrors embedded in the sculptures represent Buddha’s wisdom. While the temple is a very popular tourist attraction, monks also practice Buddhism in its halls.
Design Style: Traditional and conventional Buddhist
Materials: Specialized plaster and glass.
Hospice de Beaune
The Hospice de Beaune was built as a charity hospital in the 15th century in France. Now, the building is been used as a museum and hotel.
The roof of this magnificent building was made with brown, yellow, red, and green tiles that created a very unique pattern.
As a result of this, that kind of roofing has been famous in France as it is said to symbolize wealth and affluence.
Design Style: Flamboyant Gothic
Materials: Traditional glazed tile.
New York Life Building
The New York life building has been with a golden crown since 1982.
The golden cap which is an 88 feet tall octagon was decorated with 22-carat gold leaf tiles.
Cass Gilbert, the designer that made it sure did a spectacular job. The roof shines with both gold tiles and the copper.
On the 140th anniversary, the company lit up the building at night and it has become one of the most beautiful and fascinating scenes in the U.S
Design Style: Neo-Gothic
Material: Gold leaf tiles
The Verdmont building was once a mansion but now has been changed into a museum because it has replicated the Bermudian style of roofing.
The style of the roof was made as a result of water scarcity on the Island. There were no sources of fresh water on the island and they constructed their roof in such a way to make it conserve rainwater for them. They made a step-like roof style from limestone covered with lime mortar or paint.
Location: Smith’s Parish, Bermuda
Waldsprale is a German word that means ‘Forest Spiral’ in English.
The ‘U’ shaped green roof has a garden where the occupant gets portions to grow grasses, plants, and vegetables.
The artist that made the roof, Friedensreich Hundertwasser had the intention to connect people with nature even on the rooftop. He thought this would eventually become a norm for people.
Design Style: Green roof with Russian elements
Materials: Recycled concrete
House of Five Senses
The House of Five Senses has the largest thatched roof style Indonesia in the world.
The traditional thatched roof makes use of reeds and battens for a guide to surge up a delicate point on both sides.
However, the House of Five Senses roof has five points, with a point representing a sense. Each point is placed with light to make the shape visible to attendees of the night circus.
Design Style: Rumah Gadang
Himeji White Heron Castle
The White Heron Castle was first built in 1609 during Japan’s feudal period.
The building has been renovated over the years to make it look quite modern.
It was named so because it reminded guests of a white egret (a kind of heron) taking off into the sky.
The roof is made of white tiles by traditional methods. Though the tiles faded to grey at some point it was restored into brilliant white in 2020.
The black edges of the tiles were pressed down to give them a rippling texture.
Design style: Feudal Japanese
Materials: Tile, wood, and plaster
The Kul-Sahrif Mosque was destroyed by the Russian army in 1552 before it was rebuilt in 2005. The building now serves as a place of workup, tourist attraction, and museum. Tourists have compared the building to Disney castle and it was said to have been a template for the St. Basil Cathedral.
The roof was colored teal blue with white stone concrete. The Islamic symbol (The half moon and star) is sited on the central dome and the four minarets.
Location: Kazan, Russia
Style: Tartar and Russian
Materials: Glazed ceramic tile
The actual Matthias Church was built in 1255 but was rebuilt several times over the years as the building collapsed and became weak.
However, in 1896 architect Frgyes Schulek added diamond patterned ceramic roof tiles and gargoyles.
The tiles were colored in teal, orange, red, and green giving the roof a beautiful patterned rooftop. Other elements include flowers, crosses, and chevron.
The church’s architectural design is unique and mind-blowing.
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Style: Florid Late Gothic
Materials: Zsolnay ceramic tiles
The Buddhist shrine has been standing for centuries. It is the best place tourists loves to visit at Myanmar.
The roof layered on the left is the pagoda while the tall golden point is the stupa. The building was itself was made with brick but its 99-meters length was covered in real gold plates and at every point of the on the roof is a huge diamond.
Location: Yangon, Myanmar
Style: 6th to 10th century Buddhist
Materials: Bricks, gold
We hope you enjoyed reading through our list? These roofs are amazing work of art that we shouldn’t forget anytime soon.
This is an indication that our roof can do so much more than just protection and shelter. We are looking forward to more creative use of our rooftop while maintaining quality products and materials to achieve this.
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