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Up-cycled, repurposed and reimagined for a better Berlin | Courtesy of Das Baumhaus
Up-cycled, repurposed and reimagined for a better Berlin | Courtesy of Das Baumhaus
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Welcome to Das Baumhaus, a Magical Treehouse in Wedding

Picture of Megan King
Updated: 27 April 2017
Berlin’s Wedding borough is certainly catching our eye with its amazing developments, from bars and galleries to restaurants and clubs, and our latest crush is on the treehouse-inspired community and events space, Das Baumhaus (meaning treehouse).
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The fairytale treehouse kitchen | Courtesy Das Baumhaus

Das Baumhaus has opened its wooden doors to a diverse range of events, including workshops, meet-ups and projects designed to enhance community values and inclusivity, all set within a magical, creative and nurturing atmosphere. The space was developed to serve groups and organisations who are interested in making Berlin a better place.

Light floods into the treehouse, creating a warm inspiring atmosphere | Courtesy of Das Baumhaus
Light floods into the earth ship saloon, creating a warm inspiring atmosphere | Courtesy of Das Baumhaus

And what better image for growing ideas and supporting change than a great big tree? The idea to create a retreat for the neighbourhood as well as a creative events space was first planted by Karen Wohlert, a policy student, and her American roommate, Scott Bolden. After a successful online crowdfunding campaign, the treehouse is beginning to take roots.

The tree is the centrepiece of the space – a clever design solution that serves to repurpose a large support column, and turned out to become a metaphor for the work the space hopes to achieve. Transformed from repurposed materials, the space has been built by an army of volunteers, including artists, architects and designers offering a whole lot of time and love. “The aesthetics of nature are culturally neutral and certainly unique in the design scape of the city,” says Scott.

A cosy corner to work, network, imagine and inspire | Courtesy of Das Baumhaus
A cosy corner to work, network, imagine and inspire | Courtesy of Das Baumhaus

Although fully functional and open for business, the space is still constantly transforming, just like Berlin itself. Das Baumhaus invites its community to be a part of the regular collaborative building sessions where people can contribute to the continuing aesthetic development of the space.

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A presentation taking place in the earth ship saloon. The space is open for rent to likeminded groups and organisations | Courtesy of Das Baumhaus

Besides creating artworks, illustrations, cosy nooks, brainstorming corners, and hammering the odd nail into a manmade tree, Das Baumhaus runs weekly events that range from personal sustainability workshops to refugee support initiatives to collaborative food saving and cooking projects. They welcome any project working towards a sustainable and democratic society.

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Community cooking takes place weekly at the space | Courtesy of Das Baumhaus