This Glass Treehouse Is Actually A Tree IN A House (PHOTOS)

07/15/2014 08:41 am ET | Updated Jul 15, 2014

A treehouse obviously isn't a treehouse without a tree. But what happens when you build the structure around the greenery instead of placing it on top? You end up with this modern take on the classic forest abode.

Due for completion this year, the home was designed by Russian design studio A. Masow for a client who wanted "a place where you could sit with a friend and discuss ideas. The house had to be something that could "develop your spiritual and creative development,” Aibek Almasov told World Architecture News of the three-story glass structure located deep in the woods of Almaty, Kazakhstan.

And while that's all good and dandy, we do have to ask: What in the world happens when the 40-foot fir tree the house is built around) continues to grow? Will vacuuming needles and trimming back branches become chores as standard as making the bed? Or is the tree supposed to grow into the house in order to compensate for the general lack of privacy that remains unaddressed in the design?

These are just the risks you take when you're paying about $544,432 less than the average home in that area's market. (The house is expected to fetch around $375,000 once completed.) Check out up-close renderings of the project below.

  • A. Masow Design Studio
  • A. Masow Design Studio
  • A. Masow Design Studio
  • A. Masow Design Studio
  • A. Masow Design Studio
  • A. Masow Design Studio
  • A. Masow Design Studio

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