Floating Bungalow Has Undisrupted View of Sri Lankan Jungle
November 25, 2019 - Sri Lanka
Raised up by a framework of slender steel supports, this wooden holiday home offers a unique vantage point over a Sri Lankan rubber plantation and the jungle beyond.
Named Estate Bungalow, the building was designed by local architect Narein Perera to function as both a viewing platform over the client's 17-hectare estate and a short-term home that can be rented out to holidaymakers.
The structure takes its cues from Sri Lankan watch huts, a type of elevated cabin traditionally used by farmers to keep watch over crops during the night.
These farmers adopted a form of agriculture known as Chena – where plots of land are only cultivated temporarily before moving on – and the buildings followed the same principles.
Drawing on this, Perera planned a 3-storey cabin that is raised up near the top of a hill and largely exposed to the elements.
"The form draws on the generic elements of the watch-hut, a simple form that is elevated, protected yet connected, allows maximum vantage, has a single entry, is dismountable, reusable and primarily touches the earth lightly," said the architect.
Located near the town of Mathugama, south-west Sri Lanka, the building also features protruding balconies, an exposed framework of slender steel I-beams and a steeply sloping roof.