Called the “House Inside A Rock”, the house looks absolutely stunning and is inspired by the Mada’in Saleh rock tombs in Saudi Arabia.
There could be a whole another meaning to 'Have you been living under a rock?', thanks to this architectural marvel. Yes although it is not exactly under the rock, there is a slight modification -- it is inside a rock!
This comes from none other than a Shanghai-based architectural designer Amey Kandalgaonkar who has built a house that's carved into a massive rock formation. Called the “House Inside A Rock”, the house looks absolutely stunning and is inspired by the Mada’in Saleh rock tombs in Saudi Arabia. As reported by Maxim.
“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 architect told Hypebeast.
“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.”
But it was his Instagram post that completely awestruck us when Amey shared the pictures of his new creation. He captioned the image: "House inside a rock. The context of this project is inspired from #madainsaleh rock cut architecture in Saudi Arabia. Creating the rock in 3d was super fun and turned out better than I expected...Experience of living in such a house would be quite surreal. Any billionaires out there interested in building this? :)"
Amey has designed and 3D rendered the house by combining minimalistic concrete slabs with the organic geometries of natural rock. He worked on the design process with the rock, which was developed on a 3D software from scratch.
The architect ensured that the house was merged with the rock, but wanted to keep its visual impact from eye-level as minimal as possible. He wanted it to look completely visible only through a bird’s eye perspective.
This is not the first time such an interesting house-like structure has been built. There is a giant tuber in Boise, Idaho that had gone viral on social media, courtesy its six-ton potato structure. It was eventually turned into an Airbnb hotel that you could stay for just $200 per night, reports The Idaho Statesman.
Set on 400 acres of land, the giant potato hotel was completely redesigned by an architect named Kristie Wolfe. She worked on the hollow inside of the potato, added a wood floor and gave it a nice bohemian decor. This also includes a queen-sized bed and two easy chairs. And don't worry, it also has a bathroom attached, along with air conditioning and a fireplace.
“It’s very American,” Wolfe said. “You’ve got potatoes and the military and the railroad. It’s a good way to experience Idaho in a night or two.” Wolfe has worked on quite a few projects, including a Hobbit Hole rental overlooking the Columbia River near Chelan, Washington, and a treehouse on the Big Island of Hawaii.