While hiking in the meadow surrounding Lake Magog at the base of Mount Assiniboine, Alberta—Mogens Smed, DIRTT CEO saw swaths of ground cover upturned by bears searching for food. Instead of running for cover, he took a closer look at the plants and was struck by how little soil they needed to survive. This, and several other observations became the inspiration for one of our most innovative experiments yet, a green roof.
A blend of sedums and alpine flowers were planted in modular honeycomb boxes on the roof of our mezzanine timber structure in Calgary. Our main goal was to see if we could successfully mimic nature. We also wanted to enhance the view from our second floor office space overlooking the timber structure and highlight its beauty with a feature that created a greater sense of well being.