Most of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s historic oak trees survived Hurricane Sandy last year, but a few were not so lucky. Ten of the fifty foot specimens are being chopped due to damage from the storm, but they will be given new life as a treehouse! Designed by famed architect Roderick Wolgamott-Romero, the 200-square-foot treehouse will allow the oaks to return to their home with a renewed purpose.

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The giant damaged trees are being chopped into workable lumber right on site in the garden. Using a trucked-in band saw, the over-sized oaks are being cut into chunks, and then into two by fours to construct the interior of the tree house, which Wolgamott-Romero has nicknamed “Sandy Remix.”

Even branches and bark that were blown off of other trees during the storm will be collected and reused to cover the exterior of the tree house. Lush ivy from the garden will be grown over the completed structure, giving it a more secluded and fantastical feel.

Wolgamott-Romero plans to use only Botanical Garden salvaged wood for the construction of the treehouse, which will double as an outdoor classroom for visiting schools. The treehouse will only be four feet off the ground, but as many as 20 visitors can climb inside and take a look around.

The treehouse is expected to open in April, and will welcome visitors for the next year and a half. Once that time has passed, the lumber will be disassembled and recycled into another project on the site.

+ Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Via NY Daily News