Golf Course on a Roof, Birkenwerder

Roof garden with golf course and water basin
project profile data
Area: Approx. 1,400 m²
Construction year: 1996
Architect/Design: Giese + Giese Architekten, Bremen
Genral contractor: Walter Bau AG, Berlin
Contractor: Bolte
System build-up: “Roof Garden” with Floradrain® FD 60
Project report

The businessman’s enthusiasm for golf inspired the architect when planning this company headquarters and finally he convinced even the owner himself. As a result today there is a putting green right in front of the meeting room which invites for playing – either alone or together with business partners. The sand bunker in the rear part of the course on the roof makes the game more diversified and a little bit more challenging. The two granite water features with fountains form a smooth transition from the terrace to the lawn. The system build-up is made up by the drainage element Floradrain® FD 60 and the Filter Sheet SF laid over the entire roof surface. The growing medium was enriched with a certain portion of river sand to increase its water permeability and thus to meet the special requirements of the golf lawn by avoiding any kind of water logging. The intensive green roof areas are equipped with an underground irrigation system.

  • Roof garden with hedge
    The hedge surrounding the golf course on the roof has become a paradise for birds.
  • View from the window across the roof garden
    This three-hole golf course invites to play not only during lunchtime.
  • Roof garden with pond
    The small paved area makes for a smooth transition between the water features and the putting green.
  • Golf course with sand bunker
    The sand bunker in the rear part of the roof makes the game more challenging.
  • Bushes surrounding a golf course
    A colourful mix of Forsythia, Weigela, Buddleia and Amelanchier surrounds the small golf course and acts also as a windbreak.