Well here’s a brilliant idea: Architect Gerardo Broissin designed a transparent treehouse that floats among the trees and vegetation in a Mexico City backyard.
Built from thick panes of glazing, the 75-square-foot structure is a literal glass house—gabled roof and all. Broissin designed it to be completely transparent, save for the support structure underneath.
Unlike a typical treehouse, which often requires climbing up a makeshift ladder attached to a trunk, this treehouse has a glass staircase that leads from the ground to the main entrance. Once inside, the house provides unobstructed views from every angle.
Broissin designed the treehouse for Mexico City’s Design Week, and despite its eye candy aesthetics, the building is rife with meaning. Broissin says he chose glass instead of warm timber to represent the inevitable loss of childhood innocence. Heavy stuff that just so happens to make for inspiring architectural fodder.