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A tropical modernist Sri Lankan house and studio space frames its lush surroundings while also blending with nature

May 7, 2021

Designed for the dual use of a residence for an architect and his family as well as an office space, this project located in Battarmulla, a suburb in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, faces a forest reserve and a lake. Designed in such a way as to framed views of nature at different levels, it is a collection of different architectural elements and materials woven together – from traditional to tropical modernism.

The landscape, trees, floor patterns, wooden decks and verandah create an entrance pathway towards the colourful main door. The layout and the design emphasise the nature that surrounds the property, while simultaneously blending with it, where the cantilevered spaces and the transparent materials blur the distinct line between the interior and exterior spaces, bringing nature indoors.

The wooden decks create the transition space between inside and outside while making the perfect space for living outdoors. Interiors are simple and created to frame and capture the vistas of the lush natural surroundings.

Project details:

  • Architects: KWCA – Kosala Weerasekara Chartered Architects
  • Area: 225m²
  • Year of completion: 2019
  • Photographs: MAD Factory
  • Lead architect: Kosala Weerasekara
  • Drafting: Uditha Jayasinghe
  • Design assistant: Jenushan
  • Structural engineer: Lalindra Perera
  • Contractor: Kinwes Private Limited
  • City: Battaramulla

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