Designer and architect Amey Kandalgaonkar designed a concrete residential building, equipped inside with a freestanding rock.
According to the author, the project should be seen as a modern overhaul of the architecture of the Madain Salih Necropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Saudi Arabia, which includes 111 rock burials.
“When I first saw images of rock tombstones, I knew I had to use them as inspiration in an architectural project.”
He was particularly attracted to the integration of artificially created elements into objects created by nature. In the house he invented, the concrete frame is embedded in the rock as if it had grown from it. The main part of the house is a large rectangular living space, open all around to the outside.
On the roof there is a terrace and a swimming pool, as well as a lounge area covered by an awning. Another glass-bottomed pool, also located on the roof, seems to hang on the edge of the cliff.
The architect said he was trying to strike a visual balance between the complex structure of the rock and the simple planes of the concrete slabs. He also pointed out that the true extent of the interference can only be seen from the air, whereas to an observer standing on the ground, the natural stone surface will mostly be visible.
So it turned out a multi-level house with panoramic windows, outdoor terraces and a rooftop pool. Separate parts of the natural landscape serve as walls. A system of stairs and long corridors is built into the cliff.
Would you like to live in such a house?