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Russian metal tube holiday home
Photograph: Ilya Ivanov

Would you stay the night in this balancing metal tube?

The home was created for the Russian equivalent of Burning Man, but will stick around in Nikola-Lenivets Art Park for good

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Sophie Dickinson
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Holidays have been something of a balancing act recently – and this oblong holiday home has made that feeling physical.

Dangling off the side of a hill in the Nikola-Lenivets Art Park, near Kaluga in Russia, is this unusual (and soon-to-be-bookable) accommodation.

The tubular, stainless steel holiday home has been created by Moscow’s chief architect for the Archstoyanie festival, known as ‘Russia’s Burning Man’.

The event is almost over, but the metallic structure is going to hang around – literally – for visitors to the area to stay in. The park is an outdoor gallery within a nature reserve, making it a very quiet (and stupidly scenic) place to stay.

A metal tube holiday home in Russia
Photograph: Ilya Ivanov

Clad in a single, continuous sheet of metal, the tubular pod weighs as much as two elephants, but apparently is only held together by six bolts. Sergey Kuznetsov, the architect, says the project ‘touches upon urgent issues like quality and innovation in architecture’.

It’s not quite as precarious as it looks, though. The foundations are hidden within a small hill and the structure borrows from shipbuilding techniques to create that all-important balance.

Unsure about how the design will hold up against the elements? Kuznetsov has thought of that. There’s a system for diverting rain water, meaning the pitter-patter won’t sound too intense.

Inside, it’s all a bit minimalist: think a slim wooden dining table, matching stools, a utilitarian bed and basic kitchen space. Sounds like the kind of place you might like to debunk to after a few hard days at work; somewhere to collect your thought amid the wilds of rural Russia.

Whenever it does become available to stay in, no doubt it’ll book up quickly – so make sure to act fast.

Looking for more far-out accommodation? Maybe you’d like to stay the night in this incredible sunflower-covered hotel in the UK.

Plus: thought your lido was cool? Take a look at this harbour pool in Norway

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