Perched on a rocky hillside in the highlands of Maharashtra, India is a house cast in liquid stone, conceived as an ‘outgrowth’ of the basalt upon which it stands. The ultramodern home projects out from the landscape as a solid geometric form made with a mixture of water, sand, cement and granular basalt stone in a calming matte black and gray.
The home, by SPASM Design Architects, consists of a series of rectangles with several levels that allow different views of the stunning mountain surroundings and voids offering tranquil shaded shelter.
While a bit imposing, the sense of solidity and strength is an intentional reflection of both the home’s relation to the site and to the architects’ intention of making it a safe place that can stand up to the climactic changes of the region, which include severe monsoons.
Reflecting pools multiply the sky, while the black and gray of the stone provides a quiet contrast against the bright green of adjacent foliage. Entering the home, one gets a sense of ‘burrowing’ into a refuge that is cave-like without feeling claustrophobic.