Terraset Elementary School Green Roof

During one of my neighborhood walks, I decided to take a path I hadn't followed before and was delighted to stumble upon one of the coolest green roofs I've ever seen. "Green roof" is a bit limiting though: it might be more appropriate to say that the elementary school is built under ground (hence "terra set") like something out of The Hobbit. In fact, you can walk right onto the sloping, grassy roof from ground level on both sides. The roof features trees, a vegetable garden and pedestrian bridges that connect to the school's parking lot.

According to the school's website, Terraset was built in 1977 at the height of the energy crisis and originally featured solar panels (they weren't sited properly and ended up succumbing to weather damage and were removed). Decades later, the school still benefits from energy savings due to its unique design.