There are a lot of amazing things about the living roof atop the final assembly building at Ford’s Rouge Center Dearborn Truck Plant, beginning with the fact that it is massive, covering the equivalent of eight football fields, or 10.4 acres. But how about this: It’s also ten years old.

Ford didn’t invent the green roof, of course. They’ve been around for centuries if not millennia, and in the modern era began to pop up in cities in the 1960s. But in the early 2000s, green roofs were still pretty cutting-edge stuff – remember how much publicity Chicago got for its City Hall project? – especially for a big corporation like Ford. And ten years later, the roof is looking great. Check it out:

As the video notes, the Ford roof once was known as the world’s largest. Ford says it’s “still the largest in North America,” but that might be debatable. A lot of people seem to put the Millennium Park project in Chicago at the top of the list, with more than 99,000 square meters (compared to Ford’s 42,000) of rooftop parking garages.

In any case, it’s a pretty amazing thing, and here’s more info from Ford:

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image via Ford


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