A Shanghai Architect Designs Insane Homes Inside (and Around) Rock Formations

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"Living the high life" takes on a whole new meaning when you're actually hundreds of feet off the ground—especially when you're literally one with nature. Even considering the idea of living in a home that hugs a rock formation or blends perfectly in with the trees around it is somewhat unbelievable.

For Architectural Designer Amey Kandalgaonkar, based in Shanghai, even the most inconceivable structures are possible with a little imagination. Looking out the @ameyzing_architect's fictional designs, it's easy to dream up what they would be like in real life. The "house inside a rock" pictured below, for one, is a unique way of envisioning a life where natural formations aren't seen as obstructive.

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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? :) #modernistarchitecture #modernhouse #brutgroup #rockhouse #deserthouse #cliffhouse #desertarchitecture #brutalist #brutalism #brutalistarchitecture #concreate #concrete #concretedesign #concreteart #concretearchitecture #concretehouse #octanerender #3d #gfx #cgi #thebartlett #digitalarchitecture #dezeen #archdaily #designboom

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"The context of this project is inspired from #madainsaleh rock cut architecture in Saudi Arabia," Amey d in the Instagram post. Unfortunately, since this structure isn't currently a reality, we can't go for a home tour. But since the talented architect designer did "ask" for billionaires to help build it, I'm hoping there ends up being a few risk takers.

Amey told DesignBloom, "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."

And the aerial view really doesn't disappoint. From above, this incredible structure features an incredible infinity pool, sun loungers, a dining area, and plenty of space to entertain.

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Reimagining #pagoda architecture. While the entire world was swept by Moderinst movment, China was largely untouched by Modernism. So when I visited various ancient Chinese monuments, I couldn't help wonder how a modernist mind would interpret traditional #chinesearchitecture. This time I decided to spend some time on that idea..... #modernistmonument#modernistarchitecture #brutgroup #brutalist #brutalism #brutalistarchitecture #concrete #concretedesign #concreteart #concretearchitecture #octanerender #cgi #digitalarchitecture #designboom #artsytecture #architecturefactor #amazingarchitecture #architectanddesign #arqsketch #architecture_hunter #Arc_Only #thebna #archilovers

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Modern homes and nature continually intertwine in Amey's designs. Note how incredible the above architectural design works with the landscape surrounding it. The trees and structure look like they actually grew on that land together, not as separate entities. Could you imagine?

Digging through more of Amey's designs, you'll find even more modern homes that look like they were always part of the Earth around them. The concrete house in a red canyon pictured below is particularly awe-inspiring.

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Concrete house in a red canyon. This one turned out to be too elegant for my taste. Need to get back to hardcore brutalism! #modernistarchitecture #modernhouse #brutgroup #redcanyon #rockhouse #rockhousehotel #deserthouse #cliffhouse #brutalist #brutalism #brutalistarchitecture #concreate #concrete #concretedesign #concreteart #concretearchitecture #concretehouse #octanerender #3d #poliigon #cgi #thebartlett #digitalarchitecture

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