3.5 million years ago, our human ancestors left the trees and began living a bipedal, terrestrial lifestyle. But these days, the stresses of city life and the unrelenting distractions of technology have some clamoring for a simpler life, in harmony with nature. For those of you looking to escape city life, a new designer house by Kazakh architect Aibek Almassov may be the home you’re looking for.
Almassov’s tubular glass tree house, which may go into production next year, is a four-story home built around a tree. It features a sprawling staircase, top-level observation deck, and a bottom-floor shower. It’s powered by clear solar panels and has a filtration system to use rainwater, so it’s eco-friendly as well. In the words of Almassov, it’s a perfect reprieve from the “sweltering concrete boxes” of city life.
The tree house has yet to be built, although the project was almost realized in 2013, until the investor pulled out at the last minute. According to Almassov, a solar panel manufacturer is now interested in finding the project. “Really it’s not so difficult to build it,” he told Dezeen, “the problem was to find an investor.” Although he believes the tree house will make a great family dwelling, his prototype will most likely be a model home for the public to visit.