Lots of cutting-edge buildings look best when viewed from the ground level — but some of the most astonishing buildings really have to be seen from above. These buildings have hidden gems on the roof: gardens, paintings, another buildings, colorful tiles, sculptures and some amazing things. Here are the most creative rooftops on Earth.

The lightly colored representation of the New York and New Jersey coastline after a 7 meter rise in sea levels, by Molly Dilworth, New York City, as a part of the world's first ever global climate art project named 350 EARTH, 2010

(via Twisted Sifter)

A Camouflage pattern on the roof at the Museum of Modern Art

(Photo by Alex MacLean)

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The World's Largest Flag, by Scott LoBaido, on the 3.5-acre roof of Lamons Gasket Company, near William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, July 4, 2010

(via Scott LoBaido)

Vivid paintings by Molly Dilworth in New York City, 2010

(via Inhabitat and Molly Dilworth)

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The Geological Institute of Hungary, Budapest, Hungary, built in 1898-1899, designed by Ödön Lechner, "the Hungarian Gaudí".

(via Check my Budapest, komikite and József Juhász)

The Museum of Applied Arts, the third oldest applied arts museum in the world, built between 1893 and 1896, designed by Ödön Lechner

(via Bagyinszky and Rainy Dahlstrom)

Casa Milá (also known as La Pedrera, means 'The Quarry') in Barcelona, Spain, designed by Antonio Gaudí, built between 1906 and 1912.

(via s3k and Howard Stanbury)

Rockefeller Center rooftop gardens in New York City, created by landscape architect Ralph Hancock. Unfortunately these gardens are closed to public.

(via Inhabitat)

Namba Parks, an office building and shopping mall complex with an eight level roof garden and waterfalls in Osaka, Japan, developed by Jon Jerde

(via Amanda Peterson and Jon Jerde)

The ziggurat-like 14-story high Step Garden at ACROS Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Japan, designed by Emilio Ambasz & Associates in 1995

(via Kenta Mabuchi)

A villa atop a cliff, on a 26-story building in Beijing, China, 2013

A Chinese doctor named Zhang Biqing has just spent the last six years constructing this $2.4 million (illegally built) villa on a roof, but the 10,000 square foot complex is now slated for demolition.

(via South China Morning Post)

Blood-like spilled and splattered red paint into patterns of ornamental leaves, by Imran Qureshi in The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Rooftop Garden, between May and November, 2013

(via HiFructose)

Thousands of shark fins found on the top of seafood suppliers in Kennedy Town, central Hong Kong, January 2013

(via Kin Cheung/AP and China.org.cn)