Lithuanian designer Vytautas Puzeras has found a way to bring glampers that little bit closer to nature ... all year round. Dubbed Oasis, the dramatic dome tent features a tall curved framework with a clear exterior shell, delivering 360 degree views of the surrounding landscape.
Puzeras was inspired to create the bubble-like dome after being dissatisfied other with portable dwellings, which that made him feel closed in and detached from nature.
"Oasis was inspired by how I would like to be and feel in the nature when coming from the city," Puzeras tells Gizmag. "I want to feel all the surroundings, see all the beauty and everything around me. Sounds were also one of my priorities and thus Oasis was conceived as a clear and transparent shelter. I have tried houses on wheels and the houses of Svencelė called containers, but I’ve always come back to the thought that I don’t want to come back to a square box after having spent some time in the nature. Oasis is my solution to this problem.”
The Oasis consists of a series of fixed curved arches made from segmented veneer and a weather resistant clear skin. The flooring is made up of wooden panels, which shelters a storage capsule underneath. The storage space is big enough to store everything one needs for a trip away, including cooking/kitchenware, bedding, and even sailboards or kites.
Oasis can comfortably accommodate six occupants and is tall enough to stand in. The internal circumference of the dome is also equipped with a series of lightweight fabric curtains, which help provide shade from the sun and privacy during the evening. The central roof core is however always left uncovered, allowing users to maintain the connection with the outdoors and enjoy sleeping underneath the starry night sky.
"It feels as if the arches wrap you up, but at the same time they don’t obstruct the view of the surroundings," says Puzeras. "The nature and starry sky can be seen in 360 degrees."
The Oasis dome can also be installed with a solar energy kit, which includes a photovoltaic panel and battery pack capable of supplying enough energy to power lighting, heating, a small refrigerator and personal devices such as telephone and tablet.
According to Puzeras the Oasis dome can be used any type of environment and can withstand temperatures from -20° C to + 40° C (-4°F to 104°F). With that being said, the dome looks a little short on ventilation, so the addition of a fly screen or two might be a good idea for when temperatures rise.
Two people can assemble the Oasis dome within five hours and it takes four hours to pack up. The entire dome packs down to 2.5 meters (8.2 ft) in length, 0.8 meters (2.6 ft) in width and 0.45 meters (1.5 ft) in height. It is designed to be transported on a trailer and stored in a garage or backyard shed.
Apart from being a relatively simple nature shack, the Oasis dome could also be great as a backyard retreat, individual studio, meditation or yoga room and even as a hotel guest room.
The Oasis is to be made available for purchase, but prices are yet to be released.