Magical, enchanting and yet nigh unfathomable in their natural embodiment – yes, we are talking about the magnificent caves, natureâs very own âbed-chambers.â Since the advent of history, these intriguingly enigmatic recesses have been used as rough shelters, secretive habitats and even esoteric monasteries. And now coming back to the present scenario, some of the adventure spirited among us has inculcated a new found love for the adamantly naturalistic caves. So, without further ado, let us celebrate 6 such fascinatingly contemporary dwellings built inside the caves.
1. Modern Cave House, Missouri
Naturalism meets energy efficiency – this is the Modern Cave House built inside a15, 000 square foot sandstone cave in Festus, Missouri. Designed by Curt and Deborah Sleeper, the conception consists of modernistic amenities fused with naturally unfinished sandstone walls. The insulating property of sandstone has been used for passive cooling techniques, while some artificial paneling and roofing have been used to keep away the dust emanating from the surrounding walls.
2. 700-Year-Old Carved Rocks of Iran
The towering wedge shaped pinnacles of earth does remind us of the renowned Cappadocia in Turkey. But this time we are talking about Iran – a country equally steeped in history and culture. These wonders of nature are situated in the Kandovan region of Iran, and they are all up for grabs; for both tourists and potential buyers. The’ tower caves’ are furnished with rudimentary masonry, openings (likes doors and windows) and even modern furniture. And what’s more; Kandovan is also a popular resort known for its healing properties.
3. Cappadocia Cave House
This list will remain incomplete, if we don’t include the ‘fairy chimneys’ of Cappadocia – perhaps one of the most celebrated naturalistic cave systems in the world. These geological rock formations have formed an integral part of the Cappadocian culture for around 2,000 years. Now, in the present scenario many of them are arrayed with contemporary facilities like electricity, television and phone. So, if you are looking for a rustic lifestyle with a touch of modernism – this is certainly for you.
4. Cave-house in shape of a human face
Almost looking like a gargantuan monster out of primeval age ready to devour you – this in actuality is a cave present in Bomarzo, Italy. All we know is that the cryptically ominous entrance was designed sometime during the 16th century. We certainly hope the unique level of perplexity is maintained on the inside.
5. Arizonaâs Ultimate Cave House
Built in 1985 in Bisbee, Arizona, this cave house just looks like a more improved version of the Flintstones dwelling. Completely furnished with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen stove, a subzero fridge, a dishwasher and a breakfast bar – the house can be your stepping stone into the wild. Of course, provided you have the green stuff, because market pricing of this architectural masterpiece is just a little under a whopping $2 million.