BRIGHTON: Here’s a concept for a forest retreat that’s a little different from the norm. Holland’s OAS1S has envisioned an eponymous community of dwellings that are covered in greenery and resemble trees. Constructed from recycled wood and operating off-grid with the use of sustainable technology, the whimsical homes – or “treescrapers” – would make walking along your street feel more like a stroll through a forest.
The inspiration for the concept derives from childhood, OAS1S head Raimond de Hullu said, “I grew up in the countryside in southern Holland and spent much time being in the forest or at the beach. That is why I love nature and when my father started to build a house I fell in love with architecture. I always was fascinated by both and passionate about creating a fusion between both.”
Hullu imagines a pedestrian-friendly community with no cars in sight. Residents would reach their homes by parking on the fringes of the development and taking a stroll through the “forest.” An OAS1S community would feature a maximum of 100 houses per hectare (2.47 acres) and include single and multi-family housing, hotel and office space in addition to leisure and commercial units covered with green roofs.