Crane 29 began its life in the 1950s lifting and loading heavy containers off and on vessels below—just like any other cargo crane in Bristol Harbor. But as of now, its been transformed into something completely alien from to former industrial existence: an utterly charming B&B. In the world of adaptive reuse, Bristol’s crane house is among the oddest things-that-are-now-houses.
The temporary guesthouse is the brainchild of glamping company Canopy & Stars and DIY business B&Q. They erected a low-impact wooden support structure for the cabin, which stands some 26 feet off the ground. The rest of the “treehouse” was built with sustainable materials. The dwelling is entirely carbon-neutral.
The plant-filled interior boasts a rustic homey vibe with raw wood touches, macrame decoration, and comfy-looking hammock. Local artist Anthony Garrett was commissioned to create a “living painting” out of rich-smelling plants like lavender, sage, and wild flowers.
The home is being rented out by lottery at rates starting at $240 weeknight. All proceeds are being donated to Friends of the Earth.
“It’s taken three years of planning and design, and only three weeks of building, but we got there. What started as a dream has now become a reality,” said Canopy & Stars managing director Tom Dixon. “We hope people enjoy their stays in this amazing building and wake up to the great outdoors feeling they are truly part of this pocket of nature in the city – a real natural high.”