If you ever find yourself exploring the countryside outside of the French city of Reims and stumble across an odd-looking, grass-covered hill take heed before you climb it … you might be scaling someone’s roof.

Architect Patrick Nadeau’s La “Maison-vague” or the “Wave House” is an affordable and modestly sized (1,400-square feet) abode under construction near Reims that can be viewed as "an outsized piece of furniture or a fragment of the landscape itself, in undulation above the ground." Mmkay. Blending sustainable architecture with landscaping, “Wave House” benefits from superb thermal insulation during both the summer and winter thanks in part to a curved wooden roof that’s completely covered with vegetation.

Writes Deezeen:
The plants for the project have been selected both for their aesthetic qualities as well as their natural resistance and minimal need for for maintenance (and include a mix of grasses, leafy succulents, thymes, lavenders and other small aromatic and perennial plants distributed in relationship to the inclination of the hull structure).
There’s also a custom water misting system to help keep the green roof from going brown although Nadeau envisions it will only be used in “extreme necessity.” Added bonus: kids in the house won’t have to stray too far for wintertime sledding adventures.

What do you think of Wave House? Do you think it's an attractive and viable green-roofed home or is it too eco-experimental for your tastes? 


Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.