DESIGN TEAM: CAMIEL WEIJENBERG, EPP JAAGER, SHARON GUZMAN
A current commission, to design a collection of boutique villas in the remotest reach of the Sri Lankan peninsula, has allowed the firm to explore the relation between nature and architecture in its most visceral form.
The project started by investigating the landscape, the wind, the sun’s direction and researching existing construction methodologies found in Sri Lanka. This resulted in a curvature shaped building angled towards the bay so that the prevailing wind would create a passively cooled building as well as an orientation towards the bay’s views.
A series of long lines organise the natural landscape, and by continuing these lines into the main building and carefully situated clusters of villas, there is an integral relation between the human space and the landscape.
The landscape itself provided inspiration for our choice of building materials. We wanted to weave in human made structures to appear as if a part of the peninsula. This resulted in the choice of rammed earth as the main building material, as the cliffs, boulders and soil of the peninsula display beautiful red-brown hues of colour. Furthermore, this soil in different forms has been used as a traditional building material in Sri Lanka for hundreds of years.