All that needs to happen now is for it to go from concept to reality.
“House Inside a Rock” is the brainchild of architect and photographer Amey Kandalgaonkar. Inspired by the ancient rock-cut tomb architecture of Saudi Arabia’s Madain Saleh, a UNESCO world heritage site that expresses classical facades carved into a mass of sandstone, it’s a concept for a modernist concrete house built within a giant boulder.
The Mumbai born, Shanghai-based Kandalgaonkar designed the house to be a contemporary take on Mada’in Saleh, with the goal of making appear as if it grew out of the rock. Did he succeed?
A monumental ground floor entrance shaft connects with a wide, rectangular living space that’s open to the air, while raw concrete slabs cut through the rock in clean angular vectors. This terrace tracks along the top of the rock to another swimming pool with glass walls.
“Considering the visual complexity of the rocks at Madain Saleh, it was imperative to use simple planes and cubes in order to achieve a visual balance,” Kandalgaonkar explained. “I started out creating the rock in 3D software which in itself was a sculpting process. Later when inserting the house into this rock, I tried to keep its visual impact from eye level as minimum as possible and only when observed from a bird eye, the real extent of the intervention is revealed.”
What do you think about his rock house concept? After checking it out, also have a look at the Crosson Clarke Carnachan’s Hut On Sleds that lets you relocate anywhere on the beach.