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Sustainable Design and Community in the Treehouse

Sustainable Design and Community in the Treehouse
Scott Ballum

Friday, we had the opportunity to tour Brooklyn’s newest “green space”, a seven story office building on Flatbush Avenue in the Downtown area. Stuffed to the gills with beautiful salvaged and reused materials (from industrial kitchens to carnival-ride horses, and everything in between), the building is currently home to creative businesses for whom sustainability is part of their core mission. One floor belongs to a non-profit collaborative comprised primarily of architects and urban planners called MEx, and another to the many tenants of Green Spaces (including coffee distributors, bakeries, sound studios, and video production companies). The most recent floor to open up is Treehouse, created as a community-oriented office sharing space by furniture designers Ecosystems:

Treehouse is a creative, sustainable, and energetic hive for design professionals. Located at 33 Flatbush Ave, in downtown Brooklyn, the space aims for dynamic interconnections between product, graphic, industrial, and web designers. Treehouse provides coworking tables, office space, a wood shop, a proto-lab (coming up in spring), and sustainable community events with other organizations in the building. Our goal is to provide affordable work space for design students, freelance designers, and small design businesses.

It’s a sustainable designer’s wonderland. And next month, this writer will be its newest tenant.

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