A concept for a prototype boutique hotel villa for a stunning site at Passekudah beach on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka was developed following wider masterplanning and design studies for several sites undertaken for an established local hotelier.
The accommodation, consisting of four suites, shaded lounging areas, a stylish swimming pool, a rooftop bar and a sun deck, was designed to provide modern, elegant and comfortable facilities for discerning guests in a building amalgamating a contemporary form with the vernacular. Full height glazing and wide cantilevered floors give a sense of openness and blur the boundaries between internal spaces and surrounding nature.
Elements inspired by traditional Sri Lankan architecture, such as projecting soffits and folding screens, provide shading, while water ponds enhance natural ventilation and cooling. These design components not only introduce vernacular flavour, but also improve internal comfort and reduce reliance on air conditioning, resulting in lower energy consumption. Specified materials and construction methods allow for the villa to be built and maintained using locally available resources and skills.