Concept design, Heritage, Saudi Arabia, Residential design

Amey Kandalgaonkar reveals concept for rock house inspired by UNESCO heritage site in Saudi Arabia

Indian-born architect Amey Kandalgaonkar has revealed a series of renderings that conceptualises a ‘House Inside a Rock’, inspired by the Mada'in Saleh necropolis, a UNESCO world heritage site in Saudi Arabia.

The modernist concrete house is depicted as almost growing out of a giant rock, much like Mada'in Saleh which was built in the first century and features elaborate facades that have been carved into tombs made from sandstone rock.

The Shanghai-based architect cites heritage buildings as ones that cleverly integrated natural elements into built environments.

For the concept design, Kandalgaonkar designed an immense ground floor entrance shaft that connects an open air living space along the exterior with raw concrete slabs forming around the rocky protrusions.

The volume is topped by a terrace that leads to a higher set of terraces and swimming pool that is set on the top of the outcrop, situated next to a shaded penthouse.

“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,” said  Kandalgaonkar .

“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,” he added.