The House Cast in Liquid Stone by SPASM Design Architects
SPASM Design Architects designed this beautiful project located in Khopoli, Maharashtra, India. According to the architects: We chose to develop the residence as an accretion on this rocky basalt outcrop with the very same inherent materials transformed, the architects said, explaining how they mixed water, sand, cement and granular basalt to cast the thick raw walls. An area of high precipitation in the monsoons, and equal heat during the summers, the site changes remarkably from March to July, with the onset of the south westerly monsoons. Basalt the local black rock of the region is what this site was about. Photographs cannot express the sense of weight when one approaches, or the sense of release at the edge of the pool at the far end of the open terrace, the feeling of burrowing deeper enroute, past the stacked stones, to the lower bedroom. The house perches on the edge of a cliff with views of the distant hills, which are framed by the walls on either side of a vertiginous projecting swimming pool.