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Holland’s OAS1S has envisioned a community of dwellings which would be covered in greenery and resemble trees. Constructed out of recycled woods and operating off the grid with the use of sustainable technology, the unusual homes or treescrapers would make walking along your street feel more like a stroll through a forest.

The inspiration for the concept came from the childhood memories of OAS1S head Raimond de Hullu.

Hullu has imagined a pedestrian-friendly community, with no cars. Residents would reach their homes by parking along 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 would comprise of single and multi-family housing, hotel and office space, in addition to leisure and commercial units covered with green roofs.

A typical treescraper home would measure 6 x 6 x 12 m (19.6 x 19.6 x 39 ft), and encompass a total floorspace of 160 sq m (1,722 sq ft), split over four floors. The interior would include a dining room, deck, hall and storage area, two bathrooms, a lounge, utility room, and three bedrooms, along with a fenced balcony and glass-bottomed hall on the top floor.

Each treescraper would be covered in greenery and, in order to operate off-grid, would don sustainable technology such as solar hot water and electricity panels, grey water recycling system, triple-glazed windows, and a composting toilet. Electricity derived from the solar panels would be stored in a battery array, and rainwater would be collected for domestic use.

While the idea is still very much on the drawing board, Hullu imagines that his design could be implemented as housing or as an eco-resort.