Kazakhstan-based Aibek Almassov of A.Masow Architects has come up with our latest dose of design porn in the form of a high-tech tubular glass house designed to be built around a fully grown tree.
A sort of inverted treehouse, it's intended to provide an escape from the "sweltering concrete boxes" of city life and offer 360-degree-views of its forest setting.
According to Almassov a glass and solar panel manufacturer is interested in making the dreamlike property a reality, and construction could begin soon.
"Really it's not so difficult to build it," he tells Dezeen. "The problem was to find investors....One of them has owns a factory for the production of glass with transparent solar panels."
In theory the house could be constructed in any location, though the design lends itself best to a forest setting, with the top of the house rising above the tallest trees.
"We wanted to combine the capabilities of modern industrial design and the natural wealth and beauty," Almassov says. "And more importantly it doesn't harm to environment."
The glazed walls and ceiling will reveal four narrow ring-shaped floors, as well as a spiraling white staircase that wraps around the trunk of the tree, while a glass shower cubicle mirrors the tubular form of the building. Does this thing come with blinds?