Extreme Rooftop Retreats
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Up In The Air1 of 13
By Janet Hall, Remodelista
No yard? No worries. Consider escaping to the top of your real estate: the roof. Just in time for summer sunsets, take a tour of an inspiring collection of architecturally stunning rooftop retreats.
Warming Trend2 of 13
Designed by Sutton Suzuki Architects, this terrace has a fireplace for chilly San Francisco evenings and features a magnificent view of the city's Golden Gate Bridge.
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Set Sail3 of 13
Confused Direction Architects built a rooftop garden atop this houseboat to give extra outdoor space for its owners.
Bathing Beauty4 of 13
Dubbed the Rob Roy after the Scottish folk hero, this adventurous rooftop by Da Vida Pools has been transformed into a swimming, soaking and sitting oasis.
Go With The Flow5 of 13
Old meets new on this rooftop along the Hudson River, featuring DEDON Collection furniture and an oversized lamp by Philippe Starck.
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Urban Oasis6 of 13
The rooftop to a Manhattan NoHo loft (designed by architect Joel Sanders) provides an outdoor living space that includes a shower, movie screen and kitchen.
Big Reveal7 of 13
A lightwell doubles as a tranquil rooftop enclave in this apartment by Gianni Botsford Architects. The skylight opens to create a very private space with a 360-degree view of London.
Above It All8 of 13
Sitting atop a 1920s warehouse in San Antonio, this sweeping terrace was designed by Poteet Architects for its art collector owner.
Sunny Delight9 of 13
BlueSky Landscapes designed a stunning space for cooking and entertaining on the rooftop of an apartment in the classic Georgian Circus building in Bath, England.
On Another Level10 of 13
Casa V by plan:b arquitectos in Columbia cascades down the side of a hill overlooking neighboring vineyards. The roof serves not only as an entry, but also as the yard and terrace, capturing stunning views.
Growth Spurt11 of 13
Lush greenery fills this surprisingly expansive rooftop by Pulltab A+D in the East Village of Manhattan. The space boasts separate seating and entertaining areas, plus an outdoor shower.
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Secret Garden12 of 13
A Greenwich Village roof garden designed by Amber Freda is a green hideaway for the lucky residents of a this co-op apartment building.
Modern Acropolis13 of 13
With views of some of the most treasured ruins in Athens, this contemporary wooden rooftop terrace by mab Architects comes complete with an outdoor kitchen, dining area and olive trees—of course.
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