Pictured above is the green roof on the Trump International Hotel and Tower Vancouver. It appears no detail has been overlooked, which is to be expected when the market value of its residential units is $1,600+/sqft. Providing a view of something more aesthetically pleasing than your typical tar and gravel roof, living rooftops also have many functional benefits such as absorption of rainwater, insulation, filtering of pollutants and carbon dioxide, and contribution to LEED points. There are many other green buildings in Vancouver that follow this trend, with the Vancouver Convention Centre and Village on False Creek having 2 of the 10 largest green roofs in the world – All part of the City of Vancouver’s ambitious plan to become the greenest city by 2020.
The next building attempting to pierce the atmosphere is to be located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, aptly named Kingdom Tower. This will be the $1.2 billion centerpiece and the first construction phase of Kingdom City near the Red Sea. It would stand 3,280 feet high (1km or 1,000 metres), and sit 200 metres deep.