|West End Centre, Budapest|
West-End Shopping Centre in Budapest has a very large roof area, where a green roof with a combination of intensive and extensive type has been recently installed. In one part of the roof there are thujas trees planted as well as evergreen shrubs. The second part of the green roof is extensive with grass that does not add too much to the weight of the roof. The third part is paved which enables people to walk around. Most places in Budapest are non-smoking, so this roof on West End shopping centre is ideal for smokers, but mainly for relaxation. In addition to benches, lighting, coffee houses and gardens, it is very easy to forget that the entire structure is located on the roof of a shopping mall. Only when you peak though the window on the roof you remember this fact.
The green roof is a very good eco-solution, especially for commercial centres which need to turn useless and unattractive space in functional areas, improve the general appeal, stabilize large fluctuations in temperatures, protects the roof from the elements, contributes to energy saving and leaves a positive impression on visitors.