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Baumraum Creates Self-Sufficient Treehouse Retreat in the Forests of Hechtel-Eksel, Belgium

Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On November 19, 2012 @ 5:09 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,energy efficiency,Environment,Gallery,Treehouses | No Comments

Baumraum Architects, Hechtel-Eksel Treehouse, self-sufficient treehouses, eco-friendly retreats, floating houses, German architects, energy efficient conference center [1]

The project is a joint initiative between Sappi [2], an international paper producer, its communications agency Proximity, the Flemish Forest and Nature Agency and the city of Hechtel-Eksel [3], Belgium. Initially designed as a single sheet of paper that encloses both interior and exterior spaces, the building consists of two cabins on different levels, connected by terraces and a central staircase. The lower cabin is reserved for informal activities and auxiliary functions, comprising a coffee lounge, pantry, restroom and technology room. The upper cabin functions as a meeting place [4], hosting different events related to sustainability issues.

The treehouse uses existing supplies of the adjacent museum for air conditioning; an underground heat pump extracts heat from the air in wintertime, while cooling it in the summer. Resting on 19 angled steel stilts – with minimal impact [5] on the forest floor, this small retreat has a combination of features that make is both eco-friendly and inspirational.

+ Baumraum [6]

Via World Architecture News [7]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2012/11/Hechtel-Eksel-Treehouse-Baumraum-2.jpg

[2] Sappi: http://www.na.sappi.com/home

[3] Hechtel-Eksel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hechtel-Eksel

[4] meeting place: http://inhabitat.com/the-peoples-meeting-dome-deconstructs-the-geodesic-domes-sacred-geometry/

[5] minimal impact: http://inhabitat.com/matali-crasset-creates-living-pods-for-modern-artists-in-the-forests-of-france/

[6] + Baumraum: http://www.baumraum.de/

[7] World Architecture News: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=21296

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