The stunning villa is located in a piece of land that slopes gently to the shores of the sublime Koggala lake. Catering towards urban dwellers, it aspired to be a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of city life. From inception, the aim of the design was to have a progression of spaces that would gradually open towards nature.
Principal Architect: PWA A
Project Architect/s: PWA Team
Structural engineer : NCD CONSULTANTS (PVT) LTD
Quantity surveyor : PWA Architects.
Contractor : Buildmart Lanka Pvt Ltd
Site area: 6120 square meter
Total floor area : 750 square meter
Design phase : December 2012 – February 2013
Construction phase : February 2013 – July 2015
Photographed by : Waruna Gomis & Kasun Wickramage
The main entrance leads to a single storey structure constructed with rubble walls which leads on to one of the guests rooms in the villa. To provide sufficient privacy to the guests, the bedrooms are designed to be independent from the rest of the villa.
The route leading to the main structure winds around the site’s eastern edge across an ochre wall that is broken up by low planters and Frangipani trees. The main doors of the house are designed to open to reveal an unexpected view of the lake beyond, making the entrance to the house a discovery in and of itself.
One of the main focuses of the design was to have an endless view of the pool, the lake and the surrounding garden. The large glass façade in the main living area allowed for an uninterrupted view of the site. To maximise this view, all the rooms on the first floor open onto a long balcony giving the guests the opportunity to relax and unwind themselves into the serene atmosphere.
Inspired by the estates in the colonial era and with a touch of modernity, the intricate details and careful choosing of materials define the key structural elements of the design. Stepping onto the linear verandah is an in-between space creating an inside-outside experience, whilst overlooking the infinity pool and the expanse of the Koggala Lake.
Vernacular materials dominated the material palette, where a range of different elements such as Stone, timber, gravel blend with the surrounding environment enabling the guests to rejuvenate and uplift their senses. The client being an antique enthusiast and passionate collector wanted to incorporate antique elements into the villa to further enhance the space of their holiday home. Thoughtfully crafted architecture with vintage pieces of value, helped to create a place of warmth and tranquillity.
Philip Weeraratne A.I.A (S.L)
PHILIP WEERARATNE, Sri Lankan Architect, designer, and Speaker.
Architect Philip Weeraratne, one of Sri Lanka’s foremost and renowned Architects, pursued his architectural degree from SLIA (Sri Lanka Institute of Architects) and went on to establish his own firm- PWA Architects which leads a design team of young, dynamic Architects & Interior designers, who have worked on a wide range of projects from commercial buildings, hotels and resorts, condominiums, high rise buildings, private residences, and interiors as well as being an active participant in social welfare projects, panelist & keynote speaker of varied international forums.
Philip and PWA Architects have also collaborated with several international Architects including Tadao Ando, Shigeru Ban, SCDA, Top-mouton, MVRDV, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, and The range design INC Japan. Also in collaboration with Atkins, Ong & Ong, and URBNarc with exposure to local and international projects as well as his keen interest in places & people, Philip has traveled extensively in Asia, Europe, and Middle Eastern countries.
Currently, Philip and PWA Architects practices and consult on projects in Singapore, USA, India, Oman, Maldives, Nepal, and Dubai in addition to his regular practice in Sri Lanka.
A number of projects completed by Philip have been showcased in the latest architectural book of the most fascinating designs in the country. “Sri Lanka Homes” and his works have been published in several international and local periodicals.
Philip also aspires to a holistic lifestyle of mind, body, spirit, and soul with experimentation and research into biohacking and alternate medical practices and using spiritual techniques as a means of physiological and psychological healing. Philip speaks at various spiritual healing forums both local and international on a regular basis.