A concept for a new age of housing set within the world’s forests, this residential design by Konrad Wojcik is meant to leave zero long-term impact on the land it occupies. Supported by a single ground point, the building balances above the landscape and takes on the likeness of a tree, blending in with nature while leaving no trace centuries from now. The design also allows for whole communities of such homes to be built in physical isolation from traditional towns and cities, with solar panels providing electricity to power smart systems for water, heat, and other necessities. The architect envisions settlements of such unique modern homes springing up across the globe, eventually replacing clear-cut cities as the preferred method of building. Each house fits two permanent residents, though different designs could be created later on with greater occupancies. Despite the ultramodern shape of the building, its inner structure is inspired by traditional A-frame cabins and by trees themselves, and each material is reusable and recyclable over time.
The architect’s design vision is not only for a single dwelling, but for a reshaping of the philosophy of building as a whole. Wojcik wishes to see a world in which forests thrive alongside human activities, with zero-impact housing placed among the trees and in gatherings within natural clearings.
From afar, the houses appear similar to traditional A-frame cabins, but are organized inside more efficiently to become full-time residences for two people each. The structure inside is arranged differently than an A-frame, however, balancing on a single point at ground level.
In addition to a minimal environmental impact, the homes are designed to visually blend with the forest surrounding them, with steeply sloping roofs. At night, their soft lights distinguish them most from their surroundings.
Each house has a half-height lower level which forms its entry point, with a ladder descending onto the ground. At the front, a two-story glass facade stretches to the ceiling, while further natural light comes from windows on one side.
A single support is buried deep in the forest floor, keeping the house upright and balanced through any weather conditions throughout the year. The color of each structure’s exterior is dark and treated to appear as natural as possible.