Green Living: Are OAS1S Treescrapers the Future of Sustainable Communities?

oas1s treescrapers communityDutch architect Raimond de Hullu has reimagined the future of urban green living through a unique housing concept that merges architecture and nature into one. Inspired by the outdoors, the OAS1S treescrapers are modern skyscrapers interspersed in already established cities.



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Through cradle-to-cradle (C2C) construction, the proposed project aspires to be the first 100% green building made with zero-waste materials like recycled wood, organic insulation, and triple-glazed windows. The new OAS1S home design would run completely off the grid using sustainable technology, such as solar hot water and electricity panels for renewable energy, in addition to an on-site water and waste treatment system. Electricity derived from the solar panels would be stored in a battery array, and rainwater could be collected for domestic use.

oas1s treescrapers communityDivided over four floors, the average treescraper would comprise 1,722 sq ft of floorspace total. The interior would feature a dining room, hall and storage area, two bathrooms, lounge and utility space, and three bedrooms, in addition to a deck, fenced balcony, and glass-bottomed hall on the top floor. The 19.6 x 19.6 x 39 ft rooms would be stacked for maximum space into long and thin tree-like structures. Each of the self-sufficient homes would also have vegetation facades, and could be combined with others to build forest-like communities within existing cities.

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oas1s treescrapers communityCars would also be kept to the fringes of these communities, and the land would also double as a park to strike a true balance between architecture and nature. Residents could reach their homes by parking outside the development and taking a stroll through the “forest.” With pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods within city limits, people could still use public transportation to get around instead of relying on a car.

The concept can integrate a mix of single or multi-family homes as well as hotels and offices covered with green rooftops. To offset expenses, the units would be made affordable for everyone through a community land trust model that splits land and house ownership costs. A non-profit would own the land and homeowners could sell the properties only for a limited profit.

oas1s treescrapers communityWhile Hullu’s idea hasn’t come to life just yet, he is looking to build one of his OAS1S communities to enhance an unattractive urban area or even create a small eco-resort in an undeveloped area. With sustainable technology reducing your usual energy, water and waste bills to zero, the concept could soon be an adopted reality.

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