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Tour the Sprawling Gardens Steel Lovers Olson Kundig Built

While it's been established the absolute Golden Age of rooftop gardens occurred over a century ago, starchitecture firm Olson Kundig Architects, the Pacific-Northwest purveyor of homes made of steel and stone, has upped the ante for edens of the contemporary era by designing a 20,000-square-foot rooftop park in Uijeongbu, South Korea. Designed as "a series of outdoor rooms," as the architects describe, with something called a "mist garden," along with the run-of-the-mill rooftop amenities like a hedge maze, wading pool, and smattering of treehouses. The gardens, made entirely of native plants and dotted with funny little characters from Korean mythology, sit on top the ninth floor of a twelve-story department store.

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