The Pink Palace

Villa Maris


Villa Maris a 15 storey high rise in West Vanvouver and also known as the “Pink Palace”. It is considered the second most important architectural landmark in West Vancouver after the Lions Gate Bridge with its iconic design and elegant pink colored exterior. The building is over 50 years old and needed a new roof on the lower area visible to the tower residents.


Landscape Architects CorneIia Hahn Oberlander and Enns Gauthier design the landscaped intensive green roof with berms and pine trees representing the local dune-like environment and would provide the locals and residents a much more visibly appealing feature than a simple membrane roof.

Green Roof Assembly

The bermed areas were created with foam voiding covered with a Floradrain® FD 40-E build-up. The tree wells were carved into the voiding and had a Floradrain® FD 60 build-up under the root balls. The roof was planted with grasses, perennials and some Sedum.

Key Challenges

The key challenge was to create the topography of the dun-like landscape without exceeding the load bearing capacity of the roof structure. The use of Geofoam provided a light weight option to create the height difference required for the dunes.