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Desert house in Wadi Rum, Jordan by Amey Kandalgaonkar

Desret house is a hypothetical design proposal by Vancouver-based architect Amey Kandalgaonkar, situated in Wadi Rum, Jordan.

Project description by the architect:

Through architectural intervention in form of a residence, the project aims to highlight coexisting dualities of corporeal landscape- perceived permanence and its fragility under the effects of natural forces.

Architectural drawing- Metamorphic landscapes- encapsulates the context issues, architectural solution and acts as a vehicle of thought process behind the proposal of desert house. The drawing styles is inspired from works of architect Lebbeus woods and concept artist Sparth.

Desert house in Wadi Rum, Jordan by Amey Kandalgaonkarimage © Amey Kandalgaonkar | @ameyzing_architect on Instagram 

Architectural intervention reflects this theme of duality in its proposed form- vertical stem of the house acts as a counterpoint to vertical rock formation. Both are of same height but one is a rough, natural rock formation carved over hundreds of thousands of years by wind erosion and other is a slick, manmade, alien concrete box landed in extreme landscape.

a concrete house twisted around the rock in wadi rum desert image © Amey Kandalgaonkar | @ameyzing_architect on Instagram 

The winding arm around the rock formation extends to bridge the gap between the two opposing entities and this bridge section also carries habitation spaces of the house. The bending section of the arm is positioned in such a way that it shields vulnerable part of rock exposed to wind erosion and it carries main entrance stairs to the house. The fenestrations are kept at minimum in form of horizontal slits- owing to sand storms and further highlighting monolithic nature of object and contrast to surroundings. Open roof terrace acts as a gathering space during less harsh evening hours and for star gazing at night.

concrete house around the rocky stone in desert image © Amey Kandalgaonkar | @ameyzing_architect on Instagram 

The house, even while appearing contrasting and out of place concrete object in desert context, tries to minimize its footprint and aids in protecting immediate surroundings.

woman walking on staircase in a concrete house that has rock inside image © Amey Kandalgaonkar | @ameyzing_architect on Instagram 

concrete house in shape of bride twisted around red rock image © Amey Kandalgaonkar | @ameyzing_architect on Instagram 

rendering art imagesimage © Amey Kandalgaonkar | @ameyzing_architect on Instagram 

art drawing image © Amey Kandalgaonkar | @ameyzing_architect on Instagram 

violet art drawing plan image © Amey Kandalgaonkar | @ameyzing_architect on Instagram 

colorful drawing art image © Amey Kandalgaonkar | @ameyzing_architect on Instagram 

art drawing image © Amey Kandalgaonkar | @ameyzing_architect on Instagram 

 

Architecture firm: Kandal Design

Location: Wadi Rum, Jordan

Built area: 800 m²

Project name: Desert house

Principal architect: Amey Kandalgaonkar | @ameyzing_architect

Design year: May 2020

Site area: 5400 m²

Visualization: Amey Kandalgaonkar

Status: Concept design

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