Called the Skysphere, this habitable tower comes from the creative mind of New Zealander Jono Williams. The Skysphere serves as a rather unique getaway that features a host of technological wizardry and is set among the rolling hills of the countryside.
The structure is composed of a hollow steel cylindrical column that supports the rounded section of the retreat. A series of curved steel elements encompass the living area, providing support at the outer edges. The hollow center of the main column provides access to the upper level via a steel ladder.
The main living area of the unit features 6.6 feet tall (2 meters tall) windows along its entire circumference, providing an amazing 360-degree panoramic view of the landscape. With no access to the electrical grid, electricity is provided for through a series of solar panels that have been installed on the exterior.
The solar panels help to power a variety of lights and gadgets, and Williams hasn’t shied away from “geeking out” his most marvellous of man-caves. It features a motorized entry door with fingerprint access, a refrigerated beer dispenser that’s built into the couch, a solar-powered management system…
… A miracast projector, a wireless sound system, LED mood lighting, high speed internet, computer generated voice dialogs, and a ladder that provides access to the rooftop for stargazing. On top of that there’s also some custom furniture, like the curved couch and what looks to be a day bed.
It doesn’t however appear to be geared for extended stays – there’s no mention of a kitchen or a bathroom (but it is surrounded by plenty of, erm, woodland). Regardless, it would make for a truly unique experience.