Treehouse holidays UK can be enjoyed by anyone looking to enjoy something different from their vacation while doing their bit to encourage sustainability. Joining the fight for sustainability is the US-based architecture firm Mithum, who unveiled their latest sustainability project recently, the self-titled Sustainability Treehouse, which was commissioned by The Boy Scouts of America.
The structure was established through a collection of skilled professionals which created this sustainable and innovative structure in the forest of West Virginia in the United States. The main objective of the house is to provide an educational platform for visiting boy scouts, filled with a series of interactive exhibits to get the scouts engaging and learning.
The Sustainability Treehouse is an impressive 125 feet tall and was built using tree trunks as opposed to of steel columns, while the trees’ canopies function as energy-generating rooftops. The house is set within a corten steel frame, with several sections at different levels or ‘floors’ representing zones of the ecosystem- ground, canopy, and sky. These zones are where the children can interact and learn within these educational spaces so that they can discover more about the forest environment around them, and the latest technologies working to aid its preservation.
The entire tree house was also created in a way that exhibits all the sustainable and environmentally friendly features it sets out to teach. It is fully-equipped with qr5 wind generators and photovoltaic panels, which work in tandem to create all the energy needed to run the building. You’ll also find a large water-collecting cistern that not only collects but also cleanses the water. The treehouse structure rests on concrete pylons, which act as supports to the metal stilts which in turn hold up the upper floors. The benefit from this is that it reduces the impact on the ground, preventing it from destroying the forest bed under the building.
The children reach the upper floors via bridges built rather excitingly between the trees at the different levels, adding to the air of adventure and makes learning about the forest environment and the newest sustainable technologies that much more fun. Since many boy scouts (and grown-ups) dream of living in a tree house, the educational value of this structure is also increased.
The Sustainability Treehouse proudly received the 2013 Award of Honour for Washington Architecture.