Featuring rich materials, detailed craftsmanship, and distinct interiors, historical buildings are attractive to tenants seeking spaces with a more timeless feel—an ambiance far removed from that of the sterile contemporary buildings dotting today's cityscapes. However, when businesses, organizations, or families find the need for more space and updated features, they are often left in a predicament: either move to a new building and give up their beloved space or add an addition to the existing structure.
Unfortunately, these renovations aren't always so simple. In addition to managing factors such as the space constraints in urban areas, architects must design an efficient and logical path from the old building to its extension. Furthermore, a client's desire to preserve their building's cherished façade presents architects with the challenge of creating an addition without overshadowing the original building and its context.
For some architects, the easiest solution was found in an unlikely place: the roof. In dense cities, moving up provides the rare open space needed to expand square footage. These rooftop additions reinvigorate aging structures through new materials and innovative forms, while still complementing their context. Take a look below to see how architects are taking to the sky for inspired designs.