We explore the future of cities with the OAS1S Community by OAS1S. Within this century itself, growing population and urbanization have become an increasing issue for cities all over the world. Landscape architects have been working tirelessly to come up with ideas to solve these issues. However, solutions are needed now, which is what led OAS1S founder Raimond de Hullu to come up with an alternative architectural concept that aims at improving the global urban environment. The concept is not exactly new. Green buildings have strongly grown in the global market, however, many are held up and pre-occupied with the technicalities. OAS1S founder Raimond de Hullu, a Dutch designer and manager in architecture, recognized the urgent call for sustainable urbanization worldwide, and focused on an idea that could be developed and integrated into communities quickly and effectively.
Alternative Urban Typology Creates Ultimate Nature-Loving Community
Within the OAS1S, neighbourhood houses are designed as trees, Earth’s most ancient, important and appreciated structures; it is a fusion of architecture and nature. Therefore, each house would consist of wood and leaves, collect energy and water, provide oxygen, food and shelter, and recycle, just as a tree would.
Living Off The Grid
This green building typology is designed to be 100% efficient “off-grid”, including energy, water and waste needs, bringing desirable and feasible improvement of life on the planet. The communities are based on forests creating green skyscrapers, nicknamed as “tree-scrapers”, mimicking the attractive, sustainable and timeless qualities of a natural forest.
100 OAS1S Homes Per Hectare
Separated into neighbourhoods like traditional suburban living, tree-bound houses will offer plentiful personal space set within an organic, compact and car-free location. The possibility of urban density is high with a maximum of 100 OAS1S homes per hectare, which is more per hectare than regular subdivision housing. The tall, slim and detached houses are of average tree-like sizes, approximately 6x6x12 meters, with vegetation on the facades.
Is The Illusion of Privacy, Privacy?
By spacing out the houses and through the use of living walls, the buildings can be camouflaged within the natural landscape, giving the illusion of more privacy than there is. While there would be the illusion of private space, the communities would double as urban parks, much as a real forest would, allowing the space to be fully accessible to the public.
Welcome to the Interior!
The wooden cabin-like interiors are fully customizable, with the basic model grossing an area of 160 square meters over 4 floors. Floors are connected by stairs with glass halls with an impressive 12-meter high view towards a skylight providing plenty of natural light. Each tier would offer a different view of the forest through large windows and various balconies or loggias.
Cost Saving Technical Installations
Pre-fabricated recycled wood, green walls, high-value insulation and triple glazing would be just some of the high-quality materials used in the construction. Cost saving technical installations will consist of solar panels and boilers, water and air heat pumps, water and heat storage, and grey water and filtration systems. Units are available in single and multi-family sizes, with the future possibility of hotel, leisure and business units. OAS1S is also toying with the idea of creating mixed-use options with commercial uses on the ground floor and housing units on top; in this way, the entire community would be self-sufficient and self-contained within the “forest”. Units would be aimed, competitively, for middle-class housing, and electric parking would be placed at fringe areas offering a short walk through the park to the homes.
A Tree House For Everyone
Currently, OAS1S is a concept, however, from the time the idea was launched in the summer of 2015, it has received a lot of media attention and received numerous project proposals from countries wishing to have the first OAS1S community.The United States, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the Philippines have all joined the bidding and the company is currently considering its best option for its first prototype project. While the idea was first pitched to corporations, governments and local ambassadors, the concept is open to being developed by anyone interested. The pilot neighbourhood is currently seeking investment through ambitious corporate or private parties. To make the venture more affordable, an envisioned “community land trust” would split costs of land and house ownership. OAS1S would eventually act as a foundation, supervising and licensing global applications and local modifications of the project in its mission of global urban improvement. The fusion of the city and forest is a win-win concept for humans, nature and society, offering fast and radical urban change. Would you live in the first QAS1S Community? Let us know in the comments >>> Go to comments
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- Becoming an Urban Planner: A Guide to Careers in Planning and Urban Design by Michael Bayer
- Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design With Nature by Douglas Farrs
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