The cylindrical glass house in the mountains of Almaty depicted on Facebook and other media outlets was not an actual photograph, but a drawing of one of his ideas. To his amazement, the fame his idea earned through social networks has paid off in concrete investment: Almassov received an order from the United Arab Emirates. The foreign investors want to buy his green idea and build a cafe designed along the same principles in Dubai.
According to Almassov, for Expo 2020, the UAE intends to build the largest treehouse in the world, which will be surrounded by a glass construction. Almassov’s glass house interests them because of its use of alternative energy sources. The apartment with composting toilets is fully autonomous: water is purified in a small container and electricity and heat is supplied from built-in glass solar panels. Almassov wants to implement his project on the site of EXPO 2017.
“I have been hatching the idea for about a month. I had drawn a dozen sketches before the idea of a cylindrical, transparent construction came. The owner of this house can relax here and feel truly part of nature. I painted the house and put it on the website,” he said.
Almassov’s self-promotion worked: the young man not only won some cash prizes, but has also drawn attention to other green projects. The student-architect has designed dozens of sketches aimed at consumers who value simplicity and adaptability and who care for the environment. He has developed concepts for solar-powered road signs, a modern bicycle and even a science lab at the top of a mountain for studying climate change. Now, through the word of mouth social media can whip up, the student may find an easier path to professional fulfillment.