Part 2 of the top 5 things to do with a ladder/step ladder is going up and onto roofs. People fixing an aerial, repairing tiles, fixing chimney pots, installing solar panels and generally using our roof hook ladders to do all sorts of things to the tops of their homes. So today’s list is the top 5 most incredible roofs in the world, and some of them a roof ladder just wouldn’t help at all!
Ladders & roof ladders ready? Then let’s go…
Number 5 – Casa Batlló is a one of a kind building designed by Antoni Gaudi on Passeig de Gracia. Taking a look from the front of Casa Batlló it looks like it has been made from the skulls and bones of a dinosaur! We don’t need to go into much detail about this because our own blog page “The roof that makes roof ladders cry.” covered this amazing building quite well. So if you are interested then please look it up.
Number 4 – Located in Dornach near the city of Basel in Switzerland, the Goetheanum is the center of the Anthroposophical Society and the seat of the School of Spiritual Science. Not only is its use well-known, but it is also famous around the world for its imaginative and unique architecture, but we are not here to see that. Just north of the Goetheanum is the estate’s boiler house, which was built-in 1914 and heats all 15 buildings that dot the area. The boiler house’s architecture, and its huge chimney and vertical roof, reflect architect Rudolf Steiner’s organic designs. His style has been described as: “A liberation from traditional architectural constraints, especially through the departure from the right-angle as a basis for the building plan.” It is certainly one of the planet’s most creative roofs.
Number 3 – If art school was in our future that we could choose to study, or on top of amazing green roofs at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. This 5-storey facility sweeps a wooded corner of the school with an organic form of vegetation that blends landscape and structure, nature and high-tech and symbolizes the creativity it houses. The glass façade provides a performance on high buildings that reduce solar gain and heat load while allowing the benefits of natural landscapes and the light of day in creative spaces. The glass walls allow visual exchange between indoors and out allowing students and teachers to experience the building, the surrounding landscape and the interior square, fluid spaces. The diffuse daylight is abundant throughout studios and classrooms, filtered through the surrounding foliage. Let’s face it, there are not many roofs in this world where a lawnmower is more use than a roof ladder!
Number 2 – Before anyone says it, “Yes we know this is just a concept design!” But the truth is that this is in fact being built/designed in London, UK! This amazing office design is supposed to be a print of its main designer James Daniels but it’s also a roof where roof ladders would be about as much use as a bicycle for a fish.
Number 1 – Our number 1 doesn’t goto a roof so much but something that is on that roof. It’s the chimneys of Palau Güell, Spain. Near the Liceu Theatre and along Nou de la Rambla, the Palau Güell in Barcelona is another of Rudolf Steiner’s amazing buildings. It was commissioned by the Catalan industrial tycoon, landowner and politician, Eusebi Güell, and stands as the only building that Gaudi finished that has not been considerably modified since its completion, in this case in 1890. Along with the Casa Batlló and the Casa Milà, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site owing to its “exceptional universal value” as well as for its “contribution and influence on technique and form in modern 20th-century building and for its remarkable creative character.”
Many of the chimneys that crown the building’s rooftop were faithfully restored by artists and designers in the 1990s. Ceramics, glass, sculptured stone and pottery all come together to create a unique chimney scape that is unmistakably Gaudi. It is unsurprising that it is considered “an architectural jewel of Catalan Art Nouveau.” and of course, all the workers used roof ladders much like out own 5m Trade Single Section Aluminium Roof Ladder.
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