Minimalist Modern House Inside a Giant Ancient Rock

Inspired by the Mada’in Saleh rock tombs in Saudi Arabia, architectural designer Amey Kandalgaonkar has conceived a modern home embedded into the side of an enormous rock. Exploring this subtractive method of construction, the idea introduces concrete slabs which cut through the rock in clean angular vectors. Kandalgoankar, who is a master of creating 3D concept renders continues to develop fictional reinterpretations of historical precedents with his modernist pagoda.

"When I first saw the images of rock cut-tomb architecture, I knew I had to use it as an inspiration in an architectural project," said Kandalgaonkar.

"There is a huge amount of architectural heritage laid out for us by past builders and I believe they did a great job of integrating built environments in natural elements."

Kandalgaonkar designed House Inside a Rock to appear as if it grew out of the rock. A monumental ground floor entrance shaft connects with a wide, rectangular living space open to the air all along the exterior side. Raw concrete slabs fit in around rocky protrusions.

A terrace tops this volume, leading to a higher set of terraces and a swimming pool perched on the top of the outcrop next to a shaded penthouse area.

"Considering the visual complexity of the rocks at Mada'in Saleh, it was imperative to use simple planes and cubes in order to achieve a visual balance," said Kandalgaonkar.

"I tried to keep it's 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."

Source: Amey Kandalgaonkar