A new book by landscape architect Ashley Penn showcases rooftop gardens and terraces around the world, from lavish flower cascades to minimalist design. Published by teNeues, “Living Roofs” features open-air sanctuaries in a diverse range of styles, including verdant settings where people have grown their own vegetables or used grass and shrubs to frame an opulent lounge area or pool – in high-rise penthouses or as retrofit solutions to sustainable homes. “They all convey the unique feeling of living between heaven and earth,” notes the publisher. “Peace and relaxation are the focus in these slices of paradise, places where you can quite literally sit back and watch the world go by.”

Ashley Penn is a chartered member of the Landscape Institute in the United Kingdom and has written extensively for the Landscape Architects Network website. He currently resides in Nokia (Finland), where he works as a freelance landscape designer.

www.teneues.com (Pies) Tribeca Penthouse Garden © Nikolas Koenig Photography, courtesy of HMWhite

East Village Rooftop Garden, New York City (USA), © Bilyana Dimitrova

Hilgard Garden, Berkeley, California (USA), Mary Barensfeld Architecture © JoeFletcher.com

Archilabo, Milan (Italy), Cristina Mazzucchelli © Matteo Carassale

Tribeca Penthouse Garden, New York City (USA), HMWhite © Nikolas Koenig Photography

Romolo Private Terrace, Milan (Italy), Cristina Mazzucchelli © Matteo Carassale Mill Valley Cabins, Mill Valley, California (USA), Feldman Architecture, Inc. © JoeFletcher.com

Roof Terrace in Holland Park, London (UK), Charlotte Rowe Garden Design © 2016 Clive Nichols

Green Roof + Garden, Toronto (Canada), Cecconi Simone Inc. © Joy von Tiedemann