Bridgette Meinhold

Solar Powered Treehouse Classrooms Unveiled in the UK

by , 11/16/09

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Recently the Elleray Preparatory School in the UK unveiled an incredible set of tree-top classrooms. Situated in the Lake District National Park, the three green-built class pods stand on stilts connected by a center platform made from recycled materials. Built to have a low impact on the environment while accommodating the school’s expanding student body, the Treehouse School is sure to inspire all the children the walk through its doors.

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The three pods were designed and built by Robert Gaukroger of Kita Design Company, based in Windermere, which is where the school is based as well. Built on an incredibly tight budget due to limited funds, Gaukroger actually donated an amount of design time and building effort equivalent to one of the pods. Each unit is constructed from a ribbed timber frame set upon Douglas fir stilts and then clad in English chestnut shingles. Connecting the three classrooms is a deck made from recycled plastic milk bottles and wood shavings, and in the summer the deck will be used as an outdoor classroom.

As with many of Gaukroger’s projects, the Treehouse School is focused on “up-cycled, re-cycled and low-impact Architecture and design”. The pods received a BREAM “excellent” score and feature a high efficiency heating and cooling system that utilizes a ground-source heat pump. Rainwater is collected to cut down on potable water use, and solar panels are mounted along the center of each roof to provide lighting for each building. Located in a forest clearing, the wonderful setting and elevated views from the treehouse classrooms surely make for a more exciting way to spend a day at school.

+ Kita Design Company

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7 Comments

  1. othoha November 20, 2009 at 8:38 am

    muy innovador el diseño

  2. robin yates November 19, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    good to see this kind of building used in a school,,,,is there any disabled access ?

  3. davidwayneosedach November 19, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I’ll be the kids love it! It will make them “want” to go to school.

  4. uptodayarch November 16, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Of course, this building is perfect expearence for students. Look forward in living environment very important for rigth education:)))….

  5. Shropshire Architect November 16, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Great images and a nice design. Brilliant environment for learning.

  6. StructureHub November 16, 2009 at 10:52 am

    The school is one of the better “green” projects I’ve seen precisely because it does “look green.” Any time you can disguise (or integrate) green tech into a warm, inviting structure such as this, you make it easier to convince doubting folks to at least consider green tech when they’re building something. Bravo

  7. perfectcirclecarpenter November 16, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Needs a drip edge there at the bottom where it is getting dirty! Hate to see those shingles rot!

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