Terreform ONE promotes sustainable living in the true sense of the word. The non-profit organisation develops innovative solutions and technologies for local sustainability in energy, transportation, infrastructure, buildings, waste treatment, food, water, and media spaces. One of its current projects that caught my attention is the ‘Fab Tree Hab’ – the house composed with 100% living nutrients (photograph above).
The Fab Tree Hab is essentially a fit-for-living-in tree-house in which the dwelling itself merges with its environment and nourishes its inhabitants. The frame of the house is made using a gardening technique called “pleaching” in which tree branches are woven together to form living archways. The more robust tree species are used for the heavier sections of the structure while branches and vines are used for the walls and roof. The walls and ceilings are made of clay and straw.
The trees that form the frame and the plants that grow on the external walls are meant to provide sustenance for the residents and other living creatures that interact with the structure. It is the aim of the designers – three former MIT students – to demonstrate that natural building materials, when utilized in their living state, can create a “superstructure” that is biologically pure and contains no unknown substance.
From what I can tell, the Fab Tree Hab has not yet been fully developed and I wasn’t able to find any price information during my research. So the possibility of tree-house estates springing up in your area in the immediate future is unlikely! Nevertheless, I believe the Fab Tree Hab project provides a useful insight in to the sustainable living of the future.
Finally, I’d encourage everyone to visit the website and have a look through some of their other, in some cases even more ‘outside-the-box’ projects.