Is It Possible? A House Built Around A Tree?
Refusing to Witness the Disappearance of Nature
This is the story of a 25-year-old man who feared losing his sight, he once dreamed of rediscovering every morning when he got up. Aibek Almassov, a native of Aktobe, Kazakhstan, doesn’t hide the feeling he gets every morning when he wakes up and looks out his window at the mountain overlooking his city. “I appreciate nature, so calm, so wonderful.” It’s then with a certain fear that he envisioned a future in which human destructiveness and construction will have gained ascendancy over almost all terrestrial flora. “To build a house, you must destroy trees beforehand and I do not like this idea," he concedes.
A Completely Autonomous and Ecological House
Luckily, this young man with strong convictions is a talented architect and designer, CEO and founder of AgenceA. Masow Architecture, now based in Miami. His skills and his will have led him to develop the concept of "house in the tree". It’s a family house built in a cylindrical form all-around a tree. The house would be powered by transparent solar panels and the water recovered from the rains would be purified directly. In order not to disturb the natural functioning of the tree, each floor would be equipped with a ventilation system able to preserve the air of the house and the tree. The purpose of the concept is to allow Man and nature to coexist, without the former taking over the second.
A Project Waiting For Funding
The project began in 2013 and has not yet seen the light of day despite the interest of an investor with whom the architecture firm did not collaborate. He wanted to make the project a commercial element by building a restaurant but this idea did not suit Almassov. The young architect then turned to a crowdfunding platform but failed to raise enough money. Of the $386,000 requested, only $105 was achieved with the participation of two donors. It’s likely that the cost of the project, for the time being, is quite high.
It must be recognized that $386,000 for 35 m² of housing is a significant or excessive amount that is explained by the value of the ecological materials used for the construction of the house. But Almassov hopes that green technology will have a lower cost in the future and that his project will finally become a reality.
Images Credits: A. Masow Architecture