Residential pods built into trees alongside leafy residential streets could help to solve London’s housing shortage, according to a new proposal.
The pods would take up the same amount of space as a car space, be accessed by a ladder and could offer short term accommodation for students, young professionals, first time buyers and the homeless.
Matthew Chamberlain, who formulated
the proposal as part of his MA in architecture at University of
Westminster, told the Dezeen website he believes trees are a vital piece of
city infrastructure that are currently under utilised. He said: “Street Tree
Pods seeks to offer a fresh insight into urbanisation and community living
tackling and challenging both the current housing crisis and the growing
pollution issues within the city.
low impact urban tree pods merge the house and street tree together,
facilitating humans innate attraction towards nature and natural processes,
along with focusing on the importance of wellness and sustainable
Many will be disappointed that this is likely to progress no further than being a truly innovative design concept. However it illustrates a very serious point: Truly radical thinking is needed to satisfy London’s massive housing supply and demand imbalance.