Roof Garden

Architect Joel Sanders seeks building designs that integrate with nature

This penthouse loft in Manhattan's Nolita section has a central light well and a garden, designed by Joel Sanders. Photo: Joel Sanders Architect

Five years ago, New York-based architect Joel Sanders was renovating a Manhattan penthouse when he ran into a problem. "There was a rooftop garden, and what we needed to figure out was how to connect it to the loft," he says. "We decided to reverse modernist convention. Instead of taking hard materials outside, we brought the outside in."

Wednesday, 13 March, 2013, 5:20am

Letters to the Editor, March 11, 2013

Limited Wi-fi coverage and complicated login procedures hinder the use of wireless internet technology. Photo: Jonathan Wong

My Wi-fi device at home has become a standard household fixture, but Wi-fi networks outside are still unsatisfactory. Hot spots pop up in shopping malls, coffee shops, restaurants and the MTR. But complicated log-ins with terms and conditions and procedures are frustrating.

11 Mar 2013 - 3:16am 1 comment

Roof gardens in a class of their own

NGO Green Power has launched a programme to fund rooftop gardens at three local schools.

The group, which promotes environmental protection and green lifestyle, is developing the project with its sponsor, Citic Bank International.

15 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Upmarket bar's rooftop garden is public space

Fancy throwing a party? You could fork out HK$20,000 to rent the roof garden of The Pawn, the heritage building turned trendy gastropub in Wan Chai.

Or you could go there and not pay a cent - because the area is actually classified as open space that can be used by anyone, not just bar patrons.

5 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Green drive with a heart

Award-winning roof garden shows students can help the environment

Students are growing plants on their school rooftops to beautify the surroundings and improve the environment.

With schools in Hong Kong having little open space, the rooftop is an ideal place for students to practise their gardening skills.

22 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Burning issue

A satellite photograph has revealed how high-rises are causing Hong Kong to overheat, with urban areas up to 7 degrees Celsius hotter. What is the solution? Roof-top gardens? More parks? Tree-planting on streets? Send us your views.

11 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Kellett Court

33 Consort Rise, Pokfulam

Age: 11 years

Size: 1,544 square feet

Layout: three bedrooms

To rent: $22,000 a month

Agent: Knight Frank

6 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Living on the top of the world

YOU hear the place before you see it. A pair of boisterous roosters crowing, pigeons cooing and mynahs perfecting their speech in cages under the thick leafy canopy.

This is neither a poultry farm nor bird house, but the rooftop of a 23-storey high-rise at the heart of Yau Ma Tei. In fact, this sky-high Chinese roof terrace seems anything but what it really is.

23 Apr 1994 - 12:00am