BY Pavither Sidhu
Treehouses capture our imagination; they have been a part of our collective childhood as a makeshift castle or a private clubhouse, and the concept still has tugs at our hearts and rekindles a sense of imagination.
Tapping into the inner child in all of us, Kazakhstan-based architect Aibek Almassov aims to bring back those memories with his tubular glass treehouse.
The 65ft tall house with a mature fir tree at its centre will be completely glazed and cylindrical structure to give 360-degree-views of a forest setting.
According to Almassov, the “Tree in the House” concept intends to provide an escape from the sweltering concrete boxes of city life and an oasis for our inner selves.
Recently, he told Business Insider UK that his team will hire a construction company to start building the structure in June this year.
Previously, an investor had initially been secured when the project was first designed in 2013, but they pulled out subsequently and it seemed that project would never be completed.
But a glass and solar panel manufacturer has now expressed strong interest in the design, according to Almassov, who added that construction would be imminent.
He told an online architectural website, Dezeen, that the concept is really not so difficult to build. The problem has always been the absence of an investor.
“At the moment, we have found two parties who are keen to invest. 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,” Almassov said.
To be located in a forested mountain area of Almaty in Kazakhstan, the Tree in the House will be open to the public on a reservation basis. It will be powered by a Tesla Powerwall, a battery that stores solar energy for off-the-grid use, he adds.
A staircase will wind up around the four-storey treehouse. It won’t have a bedroom. Instead, it will be a public space for three to four people to visit at a time, Almassov told Business Insider.
“The glass will feature transparent solar panels that hook up to a Tesla Powerwall for the lights inside and the top of the treehouse will collect and purify rainwater for the bathroom on the bottom level,” he said.
“To build a house, you normally need to destroy the trees around it. I hate that idea, so I thought about how we could build it without destroying anything,” he added.
“This is an opportunity to escape from the sweltering concrete boxes and feel the present unity with nature.”
Almassov said his design combines the capabilities of modern industrial design and the natural wealth and beauty.
The most important element, said the designer, is the fact that it will not harm the environment. This is a movement Almassov believes that more and more architects have to focus on, as one of the key solutions to improving the way we build and reducing our negative impact on the world is to constantly experiment with new design ideas that can change old norms.
Ultimately, the ideology is small ideas can lead to big changes.