In the Carroll Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn, an unlikely architectural feature is getting attention from green builders, reclaimed material aficionados, nature addicts, and Airbnb guests. What could these folks possibly have in common? An interest in a certain homemade treehouse. The structure in question, positioned in the backyard of a renovated brownstone, is the masterpiece of self-proclaimed green builder Gennaro Brooks-Church, who constructed the open air treehouse over the course of two months last summer. Now, guests can check it out—along with the 5-bedroom townhome it sits behind—on Airbnb for $300 a night.
Brooks-Church’s home was renovated over several years using 99 percent reclaimed materials. The result is a funky eco-friendly dwelling, which was previously featured on Curbed and has become a showcase for Brooks-Church’s green contracting and design business, Eco Brooklyn. The treehouse, though, is a separate affair. The unusual structure, which was erected last summer, also makes use of salvaged materials, but in a very organic, undesigned sort of manner. Brooks-Church told Curbed that the wood for the treehouse came from a water tower at 42nd Street and Broadway, and its glass was rescued from an advertising agency that was throwing it out.
The treehouse has two stories connected by a single wooden ladder. The second level boasts a glass floor, making for some unique vantage points down to the ground floor, a nice complement to the 360-degree views from the open railing. Peering out from the upper level of the treehouse gives visitors a nice aerial view of the chemical-free natural swimming pool.
When Brooks-Church originally built the treehouse, he thought of it mostly as a play space for his three young children. People kept asking him if he planned to rent it out on its own apart from the house, but the builder was hesitant to due to questions of legality since, as he told Inhabitat, “We don’t want anyone telling us we have to take the structure down due to renting it. So better not to risk it. It is a shame, though, since it is very fun to stay in it.” Consequently, only one couple outside of Brooks-Church’s family has spent the night in the treehouse. The pair booked a room in the townhome but fell in love with the treehouse once they saw it, and begged to stay there. The green builder said the two were “thrilled by their stay. They really loved the adventure.”