Here's an interesting variation of the tree houses we all love. The Treehouse at Memorial City in Houston, TX is part eco office and part club house, and comes with a lot of meeting space inside and a rooftop garden. Located amid a 265-acre mixed-use development in West Houston, the office space allows the developer MetroNational to show off their latest projects and meet with clients. The two-story office space was conceived by Acumen Design and Studio Red Architects and is aiming for LEED Platinum certification.
Memorial City is a city within a city and offers up retail, office space, luxury midrise apartments, restaurants, The Westin Memorial City, and the Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center. The newest addition to the mixed-use development is The Treehouse, which serves as the office space and showroom for MetroNational, the developer of the project. Acumen Design came up with the concept, Studio Red Architects designed the building and Anslow Bryant Construction built the two-story building. The roof is topped with a garden and features a wooden and steel bridge that connects it to MetroNational’s headquarters and encourages people to come visit this playful office.
Designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, The Treehouse boasts a geothermal cooling and heating system, harvests daylight and features both solar photovoltaics and a wind turbine for renewable energy generation. The exterior of the building features extensive use of Machiche wood harvested in South America, while the interior features flooring reclaimed from the Old Cotton Concentration Company warehouses in Galveston. Office spaces are flexible by design, allowing for changes to accommodate the developments the company is working on.
“We take pride in being market leaders and adopting advanced environmental standards and practices that demonstrate our commitment to corporate social responsibility. The Treehouse is an inspiring environment that ignites imagination and serves as a creative collaboration center for us and our valued partners,” said Glenn Fuhrman, AIA, Vice President of Design & Construction at MetroNational. “We are proud that the Treehouse is a highlight of our continuing sustainability efforts and the company’s dedication and emphasis to building for the future.”