When a client came to architect Aibek Almasov asking for a peaceful retreat in the mountains of Kazakhstan, Almasov decided to create a new type of treehouse. Rather than sitting on the branches, the home he designed wraps completely around a pine tree.
“We want to make it clear that it is not necessary to destroy half a hectare of forest to build a small house for a family,” says Aibek Almassov. He developed this concept with a metal structure and transparent solar panels to provide heat and electricity. As for the water, it will be purified and renewed, while the rainwater, also purified, will be used for bathing. Each floor will also have a ventilation system to preserve the air of the house and that of the tree.
This massive cylindrical structure features a facade constructed entirely from glass, as to not obstruct any of 360-degree views. A massive 40-foot fir tree has been planted right in the center of the home, in an attempt to help the occupant better connect with the surrounding nature. The dwelling itself is comprised of four stacked rings constructed from light colored wood, while a white staircase spirals upward from the ground floor.
“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.”
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.