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Glass Tree House

Most treehouses are built from wood, and use the tree for support. Instead, this Glass Tree House fully encloses a tree inside its walls. The Apple-like curved glass cylinder houses a multi-level structure, accessed by a spiral staircase around the outside. There's a kitchen and bath on the ground floor, a living area above, a bedroom on the third level, and a fourth floor observation deck that provides 360-degree views of the surrounding forest, as well as the rare opportunity to view the top of the internal tree from up close. Obviously a concept, yet grounded just enough to conceivably get built.

Photos: A.Masow Architects

  • Silver Screen House

    Fittingly set along a ridgeline in the Hollywood Hills, the Silver Screen House makes the most of its location with a linear layout that hides an outdoor theater. The main living space is surrounded by glass, with a fireplace that extends down from the ceiling, polished concrete floors, and outstanding views, which can also be taken in from the pool. In the evenings, an exterior wall of the guest house becomes a screen, visible from both the driveway and from the dedicated viewing area perched atop the garage.

    Photos: Benny Chen / Belzberg Architects

  • Ty Hedfan House

    Inspired by the traditional Welsh longhouse, the Ty Hedfan House blends a stunning design with local materials. The living room is cantilevered over the River Ysgir, giving the home its "hovering house" name, while a second wing is buried under a green roof and holds a guest room and study. Locally-sourced materials like slate, wood, and stone were used to build the home, which has four bedrooms, as well as two outdoor areas to take in the sounds of the river below and the sights of the nearby hills.

    Photos: Featherstone Young