if only...8 February 2012
We could design a modern-day, eco-educational tree house for kids
says Henry Marks of MET Studio
The attractions of video gaming and the internet are creating a generation of children unwilling to leave their bedrooms and interact with nature. Rather than lecturing them about leaving technology behind and getting some fresh air, why not create a realistic hybrid of their favourite activities, set within a natural context?
My sustainably constructed Tree Pad would allow for wireless connectivity, but within the age-old kids’ favourite surroundings of a tree-house den. The point of difference is that while they are there, they begin to make links back to nature by using solar and wind energy only to power their devices, making them aware of the energy implications of their activities. This understanding would be developed and expanded by other sustainable elements in the den, such as rain-water harvesting for growing vegetables and herbs, while other activities such as star-gazing or bird-watching would be subtly encouraged, to reawaken their sense of natural wonder.
Henry Marks MET Studio, formed in 1982, is an innovative experiential design company. With bases in London and Hong Kong the agency has a global portfolio and has earned more than 30 awards for design and business excellence, including a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Projects range from masterplanning, exhibitions, expos and zoos to special event and branding design.