HomeDesignThe Tree of Life Modern Industry Meets Mother Nature In The Glass Tree House The central principle of A.Masow Architects and Design Studio is a creative approach to solving problems. This creativity is nowhere more apparent than in the glass tree house, a four-storey, cylindrical building with a tree right through the centre. This house represents “an opportunity to break out of the stuffy concrete box and feel unity with nature”. “I’ve been looking for a solution that would help in the future to avoid the destruction of forests, we want to live with it in harmony.” — Aibek Almassov, founder of A.Masow Architects and Design Studio. The brainchild of Aibek Almassov, the glass tree house shows that we can co-exist with nature, that there can be balance between the man-made and the natural. As Almassov explained, “we want to live with it in harmony”. The cylindrical design, with its 360-degree views of the surrounding area, opens the whole structure up to the natural beauty around it and welcomes it in, quite literally, with a tree forming the focal point of the house. The rooms, the spiral staircase, the freestanding furniture, it all follows the tree; for once, nature, not man, dictates the design. Consisting primarily of metal and glazed glass, the house is thoroughly contemporary as well as being totally eco-friendly, proving that both design concepts can co-exist in the same project. The glass walls are coated with transparent solar panels, providing the house with heat and electricity; rainwater gets collected, purified and reused; and the tree helps to oxygenate and ventilate the house. The goal, and the reality, is harmony, not harm.