ImagineHouse by
A.Masow Design Studio


A concrete house designed to balance over the edge of a hillside in Kazakhstan is the latest addition to our series of stories featuring photo-realistic renderings (+ slideshow).

ImagineHouse by A. Masow Design Studio

Named ImagineHouse, the one-room residence is designed by A.Masow Design Studio for a woodland area located 15 kilometres outside of Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city.

"The customer required a home that will be isolated from the noise, dirty air and bustle of the city," explained architect Almasov Aibek.

ImagineHouse by A. Masow Design Studio

Clear glass walls will surround the building, sandwiched between a pair of thick concrete slabs for the floor and roof. Wooden louvres positioned over the glass will offer shading and some privacy.

ImagineHouse by A. Masow Design Studio

Solar panels will be fitted to the roof to provide electricity, while rainwater will be collected and stored beneath the house so that it can be purified and recycled.

ImagineHouse by A. Masow Design Studio

Almasov Aibek modelled the building in 3ds Max during the design process, then used Adobe Photoshop to create the life-like presentation images. "I mentally lived in this project for several days," he told Dezeen.

Other projects we've published featuring hyper-realistic renderings include designs for a timber-clad home in England and an office block in Paris.

ImagineHouse by A. Masow Design Studio

Professional visualiser Henry Goss recently told Dezeen that "the addition of real world imperfections" is making it difficult to tell the difference between renderings and photographs, while architect Magnus Ström claims that investing in quality CGI is "more effective than advertising".

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  • urbane.abuse

    Looks great, but I’m afraid this house is possible on some other planet: one with no gravity.

  • michael

    Maybe, if you work with UHPC or if the glass could be constructive – otherwise, I would say, forget about it structurally.

  • Yoda

    “Structurally this works how?” quipped Yoda with some bafflement. “Room there is not in our design galaxy. Rubbish this is,” idled our green friend using The Force to ensure his hemp loincloth wasn’t soiled by the fetid swamp hovering over he was. LESS FANTASY PLEASE DEZEEN.

  • omnicrom
    • Jimmy Smits

      The walls of those examples you linked to act as beams allowing for the length. I suppose it could maybe be done with a very high strength concrete under extreme tension, and if the residents didn’t mind the glass exploding when the whole thing deflects in wind or under a live load. Maybe it could use 3-4 inch thick poly-carbonate or something.

    • the blob

      Great examples. You can see in them that it is very difficult not to fly like this without making the hole concrete return from floor to ceiling. Two slabs like in this rendered house is an almost impossible structural task.

      • rich

        I agree re: the structural feasibility… even IF it could be made to cantilever this far initially, concrete fatigues over time and those sheets of glass will explode as the slabs sag. Looks like a student project.

  • Prole

    Realistic in that the light fitting appears to be the same depth as the roof construction. I can’t see that being a problem.

  • derek

    Can we stick to showing real architecture Dezeen? I can get fancy/stupid renderings from other viz sites. Obviously these visualizers have little idea about how to build architecture… “Solar panels will be fitted to the roof to provide electricity, while rainwater will be collected and stored beneath the house so that it can be purified and recycled.” Don’t all houses have it these days? Just check it off a list okay?

  • Rutger

    Where is the swing?

  • dave

    I’m no fan of vapourware architecture, but for what it’s worth, I’m sure this could be done if you really cared enough.

    We don’t see the very top of that roof- space up there to hide an upstand beam with pre-tensioning, or make the roof slab out of something super light and just use it to create a ring of tension that holds the glass in at the top. The bottom slab could have a lot of steel in it…

  • peter
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