Boy Scout Treehouse Big Enough For A Dozen Troops
By Marvin Windows
May 5, 2014
Don’t know about you, but for us, treehouses have always had a special attraction. And this West Virginia treehouse created for the Boy Scouts of America is among the most spectacular we’ve seen.
Its four levels alternate indoor and outdoor spaces. The treehouse is the centerpiece of the Scouts’ annual Jamboree, a two-week celebration that attracts 50,000 each year. When not in use by the Scouts, the house is open as a visitor center for the Summit Bechtel Reserve, a park and nature area.
Sustainability features abound, from photovoltaic panels and wind turbines for power, to a 4,500-liter cistern and water cleansing system that allows occupants to reuse rainwater. A composting toilet system helps to reduce the water demand.
The treehouse was chosen by the American Institute of Architects as one of the top 10 green projects of 2014.