King County Parks unveils ‘green’ campsite design in Issaquah

September 14, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 7 p.m. Sept. 14, 2011

Campers in a King County park might notice a sustainable place to spend the night soon.

The parks agency challenged entrants to design a “green” camping space to create a comfortable and durable sleeping area from a cargo container.

County officials announced the top design in the “Little Footprint, Big Forest” contest at the Built Green Conference in Issaquah on Wednesday.

The top design — selected from a panel including County Executive Dow Constantine and other judges — came from a Seattle firm, HyBrid Architecture.

The design features a flexible floor plan, queen-sized bunk beds, and a multipurpose cabinet fashioned from recycled and reclaimed materials.

Plans call for the structure to be built and placed in Carnation’s Tolt-MacDonald Park next year.

“The contest provided us with an exciting and replicable design, and we hope to install these camping structures at appropriate sites within our open space areas,” county Parks Division Director Kevin Brown said in a statement. “I want to thank the judges for their thoughtful analysis of all the entries.”

The judges’ panel considered 12 entries before selecting the HyBrid Architecture entry.

“The designs were responsive to the environment and reflect the Pacific Northwest’s passion for the outdoors,” competition judge Chris Toher, Skanska USA executive vice president, said in a statement. “I applaud King County for their progressive approach to finding meaningful reuse for these containers and their continued commitment to our region’s long-term sustainability.”

Now, the parks agency is seeking partners to help fund construction and installation of the camping structures. Call Ryan Dotson at 206-263-0145.

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