The concept for Amey Kandalgaonkar’s “House Inside a Rock” takes inspiration from the rock-cut tombs found in Saudi Arabia’s UNESCO world heritage site, Madain Saleh. Like the ancient archaeological site, Kandalgaonkar has used an enormous sandstone rock formation as the point of departure for the structure — much like a sculptor would carve out a form from marble.
The conceptual design and accompanying 3D rendering of “House Inside a Rock” sees concrete slabs intersect the large geological formation, creating a modular style reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water building. The introduction of concrete brings the design well into the 21st century while complementing the ancient concept and the organic nature of sandstone rock formations.
Kandalgaonka told designboom, “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.”
Amey Kandalgaonka is a Shanghai-based photographer and architect. His commercial work includes architecture and interior photography, whereas his personal projects comprise design and photography based on cultural history.
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