Architectural Ecosystem (ahr-ki-tek-cher-uhl ek-oh-sis-tuhm) The incorporation of plant-based living systems into a structure; including flat roofs, sloped roofs, vertical walls, and bioswales. AKA: green roof, greenroof, garden roof, rooftop garden, eco roof, ecoroof, living roof, green wall, living wall, rain garden, bioswale.
Intrinsic Landscaping, Inc. of Glenview, Illinois was established in the late 1960´s by Lou Horvath. The original focus was high-end garden design, maintenance and installations throughout Chicago´s Lake Michigan north shore community. In 1986, Kurt Horvath took over the family business from his father, maintaining its artistic reputation. After installing his and one of Chicago´s first green roofs in 2000, Horvath has made green roofs his focus and passion. Horvath traveled to Germany and other European countries to understand the history of green roof systems and the most reputable manufacturers. Intrinsic is an approved installer for virtually all green roof systems in the United States.
Over the years, Intrinsic has evolved from an installation contractor to a one stop green roof shop. Our sister company, Intrinsic Perennial Gardens, Inc. has a large growing facility outside of Chicago, which grows a diverse palette of green roof plants and hosts testing of green roof media & system components. IPG has developed different patented plant species uniquely suited to green roof situations.
We also offer consultation and design/ build services with a focus on stormwater management, local plant expertise, Illinois natives, organic growing media, and membrane-specific designs.
Intrinsic Landscaping recently completed the installation of the largest green roof on a free standing building in the greater Chicago area, 3.9 Acres! Click here to read more