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The time has arrived, the long awaited install of the Live Roof in Shell Beach has begun. Almost near completion, the modular system has taken about a week and a half to complete due to the complicated design of the rooftop.

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The pre-vegetated palettes of grasses and sedum’s arrived from Native Sons and have to be craned up to the rooftop. Gardens by Gabriel, an installation company, has been working hard all week to install our Live Roof design. The module system should make it fairly easy to install the plant material, one by one palettes are placed together like a puzzle. However, many of the rectangular palettes did not fit into the intricate design of this project. The irregular angles created by the roof and deck edges force the installation team to precisely cut most pieces to fit into their desired location.

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Overlaid with a carpet of sedum, the slanted portion of the roof juts out into the horizon. Trickling down the roofs back, the pool of grey sedum runs through the spine of green sedum. The contrasting height and color of these sedum create a visually enticing, 3-dimensional space on a previously flat roof.

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The grasses surround and soften the edges of the deck. They sway with the coastal winds, mimicking the motion of the waves in the distance. At varying locations sedum also flank the edges of the deck, creating a seamless transition from the deck to the grasses. As these grasses grow and fill in, their height will enclose the space into an outdoor room.

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