The Sustainability Treehouse / Mithun

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Architects: Mithun
Location: Main Street, , WV, USA
Executive Architect/Architect Of Record: BNIM
Area: 3,357 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Joe Fletcher

Landscape Architect: Nelson Byrd Woltz
Structural Engineering: Tipping Mar
Mep Engineer: Integral Group
Exhibit Design: Volume, Inc./ Studio Terpeluk
Lighting Design: Dave Nelson & Associates
Geotechnical: S&ME
Code Consultant: FP&C Consultants
Contractor: Swope Construction
Client: Boy Scouts of America / Trinity Works
Site Area: 10,000 acres

© Joe Fletcher

From the architect. The Sustainability Treehouse, a Living Building Challenge targeted interpretive and gathering facility situated in the forest at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, serves as a unique icon of camp adventure, environmental stewardship and innovative building design. led the integrated design process and a multidisciplinary team to achieve the engaging, high‐performance facility.

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The Treehouse provides dynamic educational and gathering spaces for exploring and understanding the site and ecosystem at the levels of ground, tree canopy, and sky. The towering Corten steel frame elevates visitors to extraordinary vantages and provides an armature for green building systems, such as photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, and a large cistern and water cleansing system. Interactive exhibits showcase and celebrate sustainable technologies.

© Joe Fletcher

Overall, the Treehouse captures the wonder of childhood exploration and places environmental education at the forefront of meaningful experiences and camp messages for thousands of annual visitors to take home.

* Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
Cite: "The Sustainability Treehouse / Mithun" 10 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 01 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=484334>

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