Because we all have already felt the desire to disconnect from the city while we are still there, architects have come up with the solution: a tree whose nests welcomes you when you want to take a break.
The city is in a state of flux. We work there, we live there, we travel across it, often by car and always trying to optimise our movements. On average, travel and work take up 70% of our active time. We need a break. Yes, but where? Two Polish architects from the OCTO studio worked on this issue.
To enable the urban population to take a nap after lunch, and to relax without leaving the city, they came up with the “Tree Hopper”, or kangaroo tree. This structure is made of transparent cocoons, woven from polyester, that hang in trees. Without damaging them. These cells, in which you can sit or lie down in safety, are hardly any less flexible than a hammock. From then on, when the tree moves in the wind, its occupants move too. A way of sharing in the movement of nature and finding our great ape roots or … playing the lazy slacker.
Branches to disconnect
Daydreaming or reading, everything is allowed in these nests. Once you have climbed the stairs you reach platforms that serve the cocoons. Inside, bunks welcome you, as well as a LED lamp for reading. The icing on the cake: you can also come and do some work there or surf the Internet, because every cocoon is equipped with a USB port and a Wi-Fi relay.
For the moment, only prototypes have been made, but they will soon be installed in London, Puerto Rico and Warsaw. And since the homo numericus is afraid to see the wonderful umbilical cord that connects him to the world– their smartphone, not nature – and finally to itself, cut, an application will enable the “siesta trees” to be geolocated so you can get there as soon as the first yawn.