And finally… Concept for glass house to be built around fully grown tree

A conceptual tubular glass house enclosing a mature fir tree at the centre may finally become a reality now that potential investors have been found.

Tree in the House is designed by Kazakh architect Aibek Almassov of A Masow Architects as an inverted treehouse, intended to provide an escape from the “sweltering concrete boxes” of city life.

It features a completely glazed and cylindrical structure to give 360-degree-views of a forest setting.

An investor was initially secured when the project was first designed in 2013, but they subsequently pulled out and it seemed the project would never be completed.

But a glass and solar panel manufacturer is now interested, according to Almassov, so construction could be imminent.

“Really it’s not so difficult to build it,” he told Dezeen, “the problem was to find an investor.”

“At the moment, we have found two of the investors,” he added. “One of them has owns a factory for the production of glass with transparent solar panels. He is interested in this project so we are negotiating right now with him.”

Renderings show the tubular building residing in a woodland clearing with its uppermost storeys rising above the tree canopy – although the project is not bound to any particular location.

“The main purpose of this project is to offer an alternative to the bustle of city life,” said the architect. “We wanted to combine the capabilities of modern industrial design and the natural wealth and beauty.”

“And more importantly it doesn’t harm to environment,” he added. “This is an opportunity to escape from the sweltering concrete boxes and feel the present unity with nature.”

Images are courtesy of A.Masow Architects.

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