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Tubular Glass Tree House

Kazakh architect Aibek Almassov has designed a cylindrical home made of glass and transparent solar panels that encloses a full-grown tree like a greenhouse. It’s a livable space with a full bath, kitchen, living and sleeping areas, and a spiral staircase to four floors. While there doesn’t seem to be much privacy, it can be built in a thick forest with trees nearby or in a clearing. And it may just be built, now that Almassov has two sponsors, one of which manufactures glass and transparent solar panels. But back to the greenhouse idea: if you can get by having tree branches in your way for some home activities, what happens when they grow and flourish? See more pictures of the house and floor plans at Dezeen. -via Everlasting Blort

(Image credit: A.Masow Architects)

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