Angular, orthogonal spaces have the unfortunate tendency to make you feel like you're living in a box. No wonder the round spaces found in domes, zomes and pods are so enticing for people seeking something different. Looking to create a unique kind of tent for his outdoor excursions, Lithuanian designer and kite-surfing enthusiast Vytautas Puzeras created the Oasis dome tent, as a way to stay connected with nature and starry night skies, while being sheltered from sea winds.
Seen over at Llamas Valley, the Oasis dome tent features a framework of arches that is overlaid with a clear, weather-resistant and humidity-resistant synthetic skin, which can be covered up with interior curtains. The dome's top is left unobstructed, offering a great view of the starry heavens, creating a magical effect, says Puzeras:
It feels as if the arches wrap you up but at the same time they don’t obstruct the view of the surroundings. The nature and starry sky can be seen in whole 360 degrees. A very specific sense occurs while being inside of it – I am. Here and now. There’s no need to rush, you just fix the present moment and marvel at it. As if you were a drop of water in the nature.
Puzeras says that he was inspired to build Oasis after living in a series of campers in the past, but they left him feeling disconnected from nature: "I’ve always came back to the thought that I don’t want to come back to square boxes after having spent some time in the nature. I understood that I need to find a new solution to this problem."
The soft minimalist space is emphasized by the lack of clutter, thanks to storage situated beneath the raised floor, perfect for storing a mattress and kite-surfing gear. It can be easily disassembled and transported by car, and can fit up to six people. We wonder how well-ventilated the interior might be, given that there's so much plastic, but it does appear that the zippered door can be rolled up and out of the way to let air in.
Currently, Puzeras is hoping to improve his prototype by installing solar power for charging gadgets, and is continuing to test the Oasis dome tent in a variety of conditions. More over at Llamas Valley and Vytautas Puzeras.