green design, architecture, ZeroEnergy Design, Green esCAPE playhouse, backyard, nature

The Green esCAPE playhouse features rough-sawn spruce boards, which are naturally weather resistant. Rainwater is captured through integral roof gutters to be deposited in a catchment barrel. The attached succulent and herb garden can then be watered using the rainbarrel spigot. Talk about learning while you play!

An outdoor chaise for one or two provides a spot to relax, and is movable to follow the sun. A reclaimed sail has been repurposed to provide shade for the large south facing window in the summer. When opened, windows on both sides capture passing breezes and allow for passive cooling. Storage cubbies offer easy access spaces for toys and games, while a chalkboard encourages drawing and writing. Crank lights and a crank radio use kid power to operate. The blue racer rocker, made of recycled milk bottles, offers fun yet durable seating. In the corner, a kid-height sliding side door guarantees an easy second exit at all times. And that’s only the bottom floor!

Climb the ladder to the second floor loft area and you’ll be treated to twin skylights that flood the playhouse with sunlight during the day and provide the perfect platform for stargazing at night.

via ZeroEnergy Design

All photos by Roe Osborn