a framework of slender steel supports, this wooden vacation home offers a distinctive vantage level in excess of a Sri Lankan rubber plantation and the jungle beyond .
Named Estate Bungalow, the creating was developed by neighborhood architect Narein Perera to function as the two a viewing platform over the client’s 17-hectare estate and a quick-term residence that can be rented out to holidaymakers.
The framework requires its cues from Sri Lankan observe huts, a variety of elevated cabin traditionally utilised by farmers to hold watch over crops during the evening.
These farmers adopted a form of agriculture acknowledged as Chena – where plots of land are only cultivated temporarily prior to moving on – and the buildings followed the identical rules.
Drawing on this, Perera planned a three-storey cabin that is raised up close to the top of a hill and largely exposed to the elements.
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“The type draws on the generic aspects of the watch-hut, a simple type that is elevated, protected but connected, makes it possible for greatest vantage, has a single entry, is dismountable, reusable and mainly touches the earth lightly,” said the architect.
Found close to the town of Mathugama, south-west Sri Lanka, the creating also features protruding balconies, an exposed framework of slender steel I-beams and a steeply sloping roof.
“The basic asymmetric roof – skewed, its framework extending, touching the earth – produces a specified imbalance, temporariness to the complete,” said Perera.
The construction is either used by the client and his loved ones, or it serves as a holiday house. To accommodate both of these routines, it functions huge open-air residing spaces, as nicely as three en-suite bedrooms – a single on each floor. There is also a pantry.
A staircase at the base of the framework forms the entrance, even though utilities are offered with existing buildings close by.
“Services personnel and ancillary spaces required for the working of the bungalow and the estate are housed in present buildings downhill, hidden by the tree canopy, allowing the occupier to entirely disconnect from all daily routines and nevertheless be provided with all his demands,” said Perera.
Timber panels are left exposed on the walls each inside and outdoors the constructing, while bamboo is utilized to cover windows.
Photography is by Malaka Weligodapola and Lakmal Galagoda.
Architect: Narein Perera
Junior architects: Dilshan Weeraratne, Sameera Dharmasena, Thanuja Gamage, Lakmal Galagoda
Structural engineer: Keerthi Ratnayake
Amount surveyor: Sunanda Gnanasiri
Ground floor strategy First floor strategy Second floor prepare Section Sketch