An emergent studio from Kazakhstan has designed a curious glass tube home that wraps around a large Fir tree in the tectonically active mountainous region of the country.
A. Masow Design Studio published renders of a new concept home for a 38-year-old business man and his family in Kazakhstanâ€™s largest city â€“ Almaty.
The cultural heart of the country, this mountainous region is prone to earthquakes.
Slated for a clearing among an evergreen forest near the border of Kyrgyzstan, the multi-level cylindrical dwelling wraps around a mature 40ft fir tree with extended branches.
In order to achieve this affect, the studio has selected metal columns, plasterboard panels, concrete, and floor-to-ceiling glass panels to blur the boundary between the indoors and the outdoors.
Wood flooring matches the giant tree that shoots right through the heart of the tube home, and a spiral staircase wraps around the interiorâ€™s outer edge, a safe distance from the tree trunk and branches.
The homeâ€™s estimated $360, 000 price tag is roughly one third the price of a standard home in the area, and the idea is so appealing, apparently, that another three clients have expressed an interest in having their very own glass cylinder home.