'house inside a rock' expresses minimal concrete slabs cutting through organic geometries

'house inside a rock' expresses minimal concrete slabs cutting through organic geometries

in the development of the ‘house inside a rock,’ amey kandalgaonkar took influence from the rock-cut tomb architecture of saudi arabia’s madain saleh. this ancient archaeological site expresses classical facades carved into a mass of sandstone, rationalizing the organic geometry. the shanghai-based architect develops a more contemporary reading through an investigation of this subtractive method, introducing a second material to cut through the original rock. rather than through a flattening of the organic surface, the formal dichotomy is generated with the insertion of clean concrete slabs. the designer continues to develop fictional reinterpretations of historical precedents with his modernist pagoda.

amey kandalgaonkar house inside rock
all images by amey kandalgaonkar | @ameyzing_architect



shanghai-based architect amey kandalgaonkar elaborates: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. 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.

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  • The project of using the rock as a basis for your ideas ,introduce your input and how you feel by not listening to the project of the element itself. Clearly that shows that you have not listened or sat down and connected , your input shows an idea of the way you think without clearly connecting with your surroundings. It looks like a mud dauber wasp nest that over took a house. Listen to your environment before you install your ideas. I’m trying to say is empty your head out of your ego and everything you do around you will fit into place.

    Michel Rockwell
  • I find the idea of “shaming” anyone for doing anything, frankly shamfull. and the assertion that 40% of greenhouse gas emissions comes from Concrete, is laughable, data from https://www.c2es.org/content/international-emissions/ states that all construction contributes to 17.2% of greenhouse gas emissions. that is all construciton not just concrete. so get some actual information, and quit the shaming…

    Morgan Corkill
  • Interesting as a design and it does not say that the project is anything but that. The renderings are not of an actual structure, but only of a concept design. Certainly thinking outside of the box…

    Eugene Artemyeff, RA
  • Architecture should blend with nature – not overtake it.

    Rod McDonell
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