Yes, that’s what we titled this post. Beautiful Roofs. Yeah, we agree with you, most roofs are really just not that visually appealing. However, there are most certainly some exceptions. The most common roofing materials are clay roofing tiles or asphalt shingles. Although we are sure there are some Austin homeowners whom have had severe roofing problems may look at a new asphalt or clay roof and find it to be a thing of beauty. That being said, this article is just designed to showcase truly beautiful roofs that go above and beyond the realm of functionality.
No way to forget this one. Chureito Pagoda Japan
First let us say that we feel it would be a terrible injustice to write an article about beautiful roofs without discussing traditional Japanese roofing architecture. Many Japanese roofs such as the Chureito Pagoda (within eyeshot of Mount Fuji) have the curved eaves that we all recognize and admire. The curves are not as drastic as you will see in roofs in China. They are gradual curve up to the apex at each corner are something to appreciate. We could write a thousand words describing the intricate beauty of traditional Japanese roofing. However, we decided to add a picture because a picture can speak a thousand words. That being said, it certainly takes a great deal of precision and skill to master the true art of Japanese roofing architecture. In conclusion, traditional Japanese roofing architecture is something that will be appreciated for many generations to come.
Laborious but worth it! Trulli Homes Italy
Secondly, the Trullo style home of southern Italy is the next roof we wanted to discuss. (Trulli is the plural form of the name) The unique cone shaped roof is something you rarely see. What makes them even more rare is the use of stone. There are two different layers that make up the roof. There is an interior layer which is comprised of voussoires. Voussoires are wedge shaped blocks that are used to create arches. The voissures use the weight and pressure against the other blocks to keep them in place. The outer layer of the roof is comprised of carefully procured stones. These stones are pieced together like a large 3D jigsaw puzzle. Each one carefully chosen for it’s relationship with the stones around it. The amount of time, effort, and skill it must have taken to create the outer layer of the roof is daunting. Each stone was placed at a 5-10% pitch to shed what little rainwater they received in the region. In consclusion, the Trulli homes have continued to stand up to the test of all tests, time.
Mosaic For Miles! Park Guell Barcelona Spain
Park Guell in Barcelona Spain has some of the most interesting and amazing architectural features in the world. They certainly did not cut any corners when it came to creativity. This image is just one of hundreds of examples of amazing roofs in Park Guell. The reason we chose this particular roof was due to the fact that the entire roof is a mosaic. This means that the roof is made up of hundreds of thousands if not millions of tiny little tiles. Furthermore, the roofs shape alone is enough to make it stand out. It’s crown-like appearance draws in visitors from all over the world. The two buildings that have this style of roof are at one of the north entrances to the park. It is a magnificent example of roof art. It goes beyond just a function, it’s a true work of art.
Stay tuned in, we will be adding more of the worlds most beautiful roofs in the upcoming weeks and months.