Look at this house. This house is bananas. This is the sort of thing that inspired me to become an architect. A movie super-villain's forest retreat. What I would build with the Lego set of my dreams. I can't believe it's real. And actually, it's not. But it will be. With any luck.
We've discussed before how architectural renderings are getting so good that they're often almost indistinguishable from actual photos, and this is a perfect example. These computer renderings are the work of Kazakh architect Aibek Almassov, who has been shopping the project around for quite some time in the hope of finding someone rich enough (and with a property isolated enough) to build it.
The house is exactly what it seems at first glance: a giant glass cylinder with a tree inside. The main living areas, including the kitchen and the bathroom, which appears to be encircled by actual walls, are concentrated in the bottom two levels, around the trunk. The top two levels are basically just thin rings encircling the tree, which doesn't leave room for a lot of actual living space but would be great at Christmastime.
Some people, like this writer at Mother Nature Network, have expressed concerns about the feasibility of the design, specifically about whether a mature tree could survive while remaining mostly inside. But we might soon find out, because, according to the folks at Dezeen, this wildly imaginative project has a backer—two, in fact—and might soon become a reality. One of the potential investors "owns a factory for the production of glass with transparent solar panels," so it's not clear whether the house is being built as a showroom of sorts or as an actual vacation retreat. Either way, that'd be a hell of an AirBnB.
If you want to see more, or perhaps commission your own futuristic glass treehouse, you can see more photos of the project at A. Masow Architects. And please, invite us for a house tour.