An extension to an existing hotel with a mature garden, the project includes a new lobby, spa and specialty restaurants. The theme is revolves around eco-landscapes, informed by the site which straddles a mangrove swamp and a coconut plantation. The late Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa was the inspiration for the design.
Our objective was to take modern architecture in Sri Lanka to the next level by integrating precedents already established by Bawa into a more contemporary design language, yet observing the spirit of the place, simplicity in construction, materiality and experiential strength.
The new lobby pavilion connecting to the coconut plantation evokes the sensuous forms of Sri Lankan arts and crafts and patterns derived from the strong textile heritage of the country. The room wing is conceived of as a perch from which guests may observe the bird sanctuary that occurs naturally as a result of the intersection of the Mangrove and the coconut plantation.