From an urban perspective, trees form peaceful islands of tranquility. Climbing a tree is a physical action bringing back consciousness about our body. It provides a great view over the city, as well as a green and safe environment between the leafs — a place to nest. According to De Boer his treehouses meet the essence of what ‘home’ basically means: a place to sleep and rest. In the modern city one can do all additional activities such as eating, clubbing, working, in the urban network.
Building in a tree needs flexible techniques. De Boer has found a way to deal with the organic structure of the branches. A big inflatable beach ball between the branched structure of the tree adapts itself to the form of the ramification. The next step is to cover the ball with some twenty layers of old paper and paste. After getting dry, the outside of the structure is varnished, to protect it against bad weather conditions. The ball inside needs to get deflated and can be re-used for the next space. De Boer is planning to build a entire colony of these treehouses to replace the endless suburbs that currently shape the Dutch housing landscape. The ‘living forest’ should lead to better social relations as people share homely functions with their fellow citizens. In addition, it helps the urban dwellers to reconnect with nature.