Gallery: SNEAK PEEK: Nest-Shaped Treehouse Made of Hurricane Sandy-Fall...

What rose from the ashes was a nest-like lookout that almost resembles a hurricane itself.

Sandy Remix isn’t in a tree like some more conventional treehouses, but it is made entirely of trees – 18 different kinds of them as well as other recycled materials from around the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. After finding that Hurricane Sandy had pummeled the plants, the BBG brought treehouse guru Romero in to turn them into a wooden phoenix of sorts. What rose from the ashes was a nest-like lookout that almost resembles a hurricane itself. Chunks, planks and twigs of Lebanese cedar, walnut, pin oak, bass, chestnut and even persimmon make up the walls, stairs and floor of Sandy Remix, melding together as a giant tornado of timber. “It’s like a museum of trees here,” said Romero of the many species found at the BBG. “I want children to come up here and get schooled on wood.”

While most of Romero’s artistic vision is in place, there is still a lot to be done in terms of making the treehouse visitor-ready. “We’re still sanding to make it safe for the kids,” explained Jon Wagner, a Romero Studios crew member. Romero told us that earlier in the week, an older lady fell exiting Sandy Remix. He told us that she’s fine now, but it prompted him to build an extra step to make sure a similar incident doesn’t occur in the future.

Sandy Remix is scheduled to make its public debut at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on April 6, 2013. If you’re in the area, we definitely recommend that you go experience it for yourself!

+ Romero Studios

+ Brooklyn Botanic Garden


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  1. Robert Mullane III March 29, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    I love Inhabitat because I see and learn so many lovely things, that… oh, I can’t even say, how much I learn for I am overwhelmed right now!!! Thank you, Inhabitat!

  2. BlueOak March 27, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Too bad the NY Safety Inspector, NY Fire Marshall, The Bloomberg Nanny/Gestapo, NY Health Inspector & all manner of other NY bureaucrats will kill this wonderfully creative exercise – or at a minimum require 24×7 supervision – or make it look only, no touch.