Architect Designs a Minimalist Modern House Inside a Giant Ancient Rock

House Built into a Rock by Amey Kandalgaonkar

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. Fit together like a Chinese puzzle box, the overall form is slowly revealed as Kandalgaonkar gives an aerial view of the site. It's only when looked down upon from the sky that the minimalist facade reveals a much more complex construction at the rear of the megalithic rock.

Kandalgoankar, who is a master of creating 3D concept renders, spent a significant amount of time working on the shape and form of the rock prior to conceiving the home. His House Inside a Rock is full of surprises, above all for the manner in which it cuts into the natural material rather than building off of it.

“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,” the Shanghai-based architect explains. “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 birds eye, the real extent of the intervention is revealed.”

By juxtaposing the rough texture of the rock with the smooth surface of the concrete, Kandalgoankar achieves a complex visual contrast where old and new are complementary. Though it's hard to imagine something like this will ever materialize in the real world, these incredible architectural concepts remind us of the artistry behind architecture.

This innovative architectural concept is inspired by the Mada'in Saleh rock tombs in Saudi Arabia.

Contemporary Concept Architecture by Amey Kandalgaonkar

Rock House Concept by Amey Kandalgaonkar

Rock House Concept by Amey Kandalgaonkar

The full extent of the modern design reveals itself in an aerial view of the enormous rock.

Rock House Concept by Amey Kandalgaonkar

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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