The Living Roof is a futuristic mobile house concept, created by NAU architects, offering the essence of the city as it condenses all daily life’s needs into a compact and self-sustaining capsule.
Intended as an urban rooftop getaway, but ready to be airlifted into the savanna at short notice, its ultra-insulated shell and regenerative systems allow the Living Roof to exist largely off the grid. Its sensuous forms feed wind into mini-turbines at each end, while funneling rainwater to collectors. Integrated photovoltaic cells also help to make the Living Roof one of the world’s greenest structures. Used as a hotel, the Living Roof project exists as individual suites spread throughout the city. These lodgings are located in the most sought-after quarters of the city, with locations changing every two years. Inside, rather than dispersing activities horizontally, a functional ring vertically combines sleep, lounge and work areas. Guests can choose their desired mode and the ring rotates the appropriate module downwards. Luxury, style and ecology are effortlessly provided in the Living Roof, a new urban retreat.
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NAU is about making spaces – spaces that tell a story. Such narrative space can take many forms, from built architecture to digital environments; what’s critical to them is the opportunity to dream, brand, re-think and innovate through collaboration, research and imagination. That’s their goal, and their method. NAU is a multidisciplinary collective of designers. They are architects, art directors, interactive designers, visual effect artists and filmmakers. Their experience spans the spectrum from residential, hospitality and cultural design to advertising, games and Hollywood films. This unique mix allows them to create a team with talent tailored to realize any story. Given their trans-media approach, they often combine built environments with audio, video, graphics and lighting – whatever tools are necessary to make a story relevant and compelling. They create new experiences through virtual spaces and envision future possibilities, utilizing the latest technologies, to make your story distinctive and captivating.