Austrian architectural studio Penda has come up with an innovative green-roof home concept designed to offer a new level of sustainable living. A small block of land located in the countryside of Germany near the city of Kassel will become home to this new living concept, which boasts a generous rooftop vegetable garden. Dubbed the Yin & Yang house, the modest home is designed to let a family take back control of their food supply.
"The Yin & Yang house is designed for a small family, that wants to live off-grid, independent and self-sufficient," says Penda. "At the same time we provide a gardening-system for the owners with greenhouses in winter and rows of planters for the rest of the year."
Inspired by the shape and central idea around the yin & yang concept, the home will be built with two separate structures that wrap around and join together in harmony. The garden is integrated into the dwelling's design, with the slanted rooftop garden starting from the ground and working its way up.
Occupants of the home can access the garden directly from the ground or from the second floor of the home. Due to the sloping design of the roof garden, grey water can also be collected and stored throughout the year and re-used to water the garden during dry periods. The garden is rich with planter-boxes suitable for growing vegetables, herbs and fruits.
"When architecture supports the way we grow our food, a house becomes more than "just" a building," says the company. "It attracts all your senses. Nature makes the house visually appealing because it changes its look according to the seasons."
"My wife Fei and I are also living in a small house in a rural area of Austria and the biggest advantage of the countryside is the quality of life," adds Chris Precht, founding partner of Penda. "Especially when it comes to growing your own food."