Forty Three of the Most Unique Roofs in the World
Here at M & M Roofing, Siding & Windows, we look at roofs all day long–and we can tell you that these are hands-down some of the most interesting roofs in the world. We’d love to add to our collection, so leave us a comment if you have any unique roof photos to add to the list.
1. Leon High School in Tallahassee dates back to 1827, but its current home was constructed in 1937. This building, photographed in 2009, is one of several on campus.
2. This Victorian house in Burlington, Vt., features a dramatic corner tower and roof dormers.
3. We don’t know if this German structure is feeling well under the weather, but it sure has an advanced case of the shingles, and the face-like “eyes and nose” dormer/gable combo certainly had us opening our mouths to say, “Ahhh…”
5. These rooftops in Holland resemble a mountain range.
6. An art gallery sits on the roof of the Lingotto Building in Turin, Italy. The building, a former Fiat factory, was renovated in 1989.
7. This ornate structure in Tokyo stands out in its nature setting.
8. Every detail of Spadena House – or “The Witch’s House” — in Beverly Hills, Calif., was designed to have a storybook feel.
9. The detailed ceramics add a special feel to this classic rooftop.
10. Its curved roof adds to the appeal of this Prague building.
11. The steeply pitched roof and rolled eaves on the 1935 Cranna House in British Columbia are typical of the Storybook Style.
12. This image of the roof of the 1930 Good Shepherd Church in the British Isles includes the church’s extension, added in the 1990s.
13. Grass covers the roof of this barn in the British Isles.
14. A wind-turbine is mounted on the roof of The Green Building at Macintosh Village in Manchester, England. The building was designed for maximum environmental efficiency.
15. Roof features on this Storybook house include steam-bent, multi-color tiles.
16. This home, made of natural materials, makes a bold statement with its roof.
17. The roof of this building in Sneem, Ireland may be covered with grass, but it covers a full-service beauty salon.
18. This image is a unique perspective of the roof at Winter Gardens, the entertainment complex in Blackpool, Lancashire, England.
19. The white, pyramid-style roof provides a stark contrast for this green building in Bermuda.
20. Cows, dinosaurs and cars have been spotted on this restaurant roof in Aruba.
21. The roof points to the heavens from this Rumah Gadang – or “big house” — in the Pandai Sikek village of West Sumatra, Indonesia. The roofs of these structures traditionally have dramatically curved roofs and multi-tiered, upswept gables.
22. Owl sculptures adorn the roof of Harold Washington Library in Chicago.
24. A Chinese phoenix is perched on the roof of the Main Hall of the Mengjia Longshan Temple in Tailpei, Taiwan.
25. Instantly recognizable to anyone who’s ever played Tetris, the colorful spires of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Russia resemble a whimsical enchanted castle, perhaps as imagined by a giant toddler.
26. The historic Grand Palais, a museum and exhibition hall situated on the illustrious Champs-Elysées, would definitely be a high note on a trip to the French capital that would give any American in Paris something to sing about.
27. Hospice de Beaune (Beaune, France) was established as a hospital in 1443. While its medical tradition continues with 21st Century technology, the original ediface has expanded to incorporate a world-class hotel, a restaurant, and a winery.
28. Hotel Marqués de Riscal in Elciego, Spain was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. With it’s unique “ribbon roof,” this high-end establishment is frequented by the likes of “Brangelina,” and has become a favorite of globetrotting celebrities looking to unwind in an ambience that’s anything but ordinary.
29. Swimming off the edge of the universe? That’s the feeling you might get while taking a dip in the Infinity Pool on the roof of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Resort in Singapore.
30. Echoing the work of pioneering geodesic dome architect R. Buckminster Fuller, the Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Garden, completed in 1960 by designer T. C. Howard, was the first completely air-conditioned greenhouse in the world.
31. You’ll find Walter’s Hot Dog Stand just across the road from the high school campus in Mamaroneck, New York. A prime example of “roadside architecture,” the pagoda-topped structure is nearly as well known and beloved by locals for its funky copper roof as it is for its famously addictive hot dogs.
32. Versailles (no, not the Japanese Metal band), was originally envisioned as a quaint country village, but is best known today as home to the opulent court of France’s King Louis XIV. Built over the course of four separate “campaigns” from 1664 to 1710, its ne plus ultra attention to detail makes it one of Europe’s most coveted tourist destinations.
33. Those who know the story of the Taj Mahal know it was built on a broken heart. The marble-domed “Crown of Love,” located in Agar, Uttar Pradesh, India is actually a mausoleum, and was erected by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in fond memory of his third wife, Mumatz Mahal.
34. If Fredrick Law Olmsted had hung out with Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, would the silhouette of Central Park resemble the surrealist skyline of Gaudi’s Park Güell that aficionados of fantasy can find on the hill of El Carmel just outside Barcelona, Spain?
35. The Lotus Temple in New Delhi, India is a Bahá’í house of worship that opened its doors in 1986. Its concrete, pre-cast roof represents the lotus flower, symbolic of the sects’ core belief in the unity of faith.
36. The building named after Cleveland, Ohio philanthropist Peter B. Lewis is another creation from the eccentric mind of Frank Gehry. Situated on the campus of Western Reserve University next to the staid Mather Memorial Building, it looks as if an alien space ship has landed with intentions of storming a neo-gothic fortress.
37. The original Chinese-style roof of the National Taiwan Science Education Center at the Nanhai Academy in Taipei is reminiscent of an elegant parasol, but of a much more sturdy variety.
38. Inhabitants of the Faroe Islands were “going green” with sod roof cottages even before the Vikings found their way to Norway. Talk about being “just slightly ahead of your time.”
39. Inspired by “Pillow Dome” inventor J. Baldwin, whose designs marry the principles of Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome technology with inflatable plastic panels, the Eden Project in Cornwall, England is comprised of multiple greenhouse “biomes” that showcase plants from around the globe.
40. The Leaf House is located on a tropical beach just outside of Rio De Janeiro in Brazil. A product of the fertile minds of architects Mareines + Patalano, it embodies the integration of natural elements with modern-day design.
41. The Pagaruyung Kingdom of Sumatra, Indonesia was disbanded in 1833, so there’s no royal family to alight the Pagaruyung Palace throne. Destroyed by fire in 1804, 1966, and 2007, the thrice-rebuilt structure is furnished with replicas of indigenous antiques and artifacts, and now serves as a museum and cultural center.
42. Tongkonan, the ancestral homes of the Torajan people of Sulawesi, Indonesia, are traditionally constructed facing north to south. With their distinctively gabled saddleback roofs, some might say they resemble a row of over-size canoes docked in a stationary harbor.
43. St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Austria, the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna, was erected atop the ruins of two earlier churches. Its iconic roof rises nearly 125 feet above the floor, is comprised of more than 230,000 glazed tiles, and is so steep, that only very rarely is it covered by snow. Now that’s inspiring!