When’s a treehouse on a freeway? MetroNational, the real estate corporation that runs the Memorial City Mall in West Houston is putting the finishing touches on Treehouse Memorial City, a showpiece of green design they’re billing as “The Office of the Future” at the corner of Bunker Hill Rd, and Gaylord in Houston.
Studio Red Architects (designers of the planned MATCH arts center in Midtown Houston) and Acumen Design are collaborating with MetroNational’s VP for Design and Construction and newly designated “environmental Czar of Green initiatives,” Glenn Fuhrman on the new hideaway- the building is reached from the MetroNational offices via a suspension bridge (Ewok City?) and sports every possible tree-hugging feature: a rooftop garden of native plants, solar panels, rainwater collection, a geothermal cooling system, furniture made from recycled plastic bottles, and a wind turbine by Houston art-cartist Mark “Scrapdaddy” Bradford.
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