RA Designs

Concept Work

Aluthgama Retreat

Aluthgama, Sri-Lanka

A modest budget framed this concept proposal. The design had to be simple and to be harmonious to the long ridge site. The client reqested a more contemporary style of living with a token of Balinese/Sri-Lankan style vernacular. This took the form of a main communal living space with direct access to the pool. Two seperate pods for extra quiet sleeping qurters, with carport and staff accommodation.

Tea Estate Resort

Midigama (Inland), Sri-Lanka

The concept proposal shown here is designed around the highest point of the 4 acre site as it unfolds down towards the tea estate. It was important to maximise the 180-degree panoramic view, and create a transparent open styled house to minimise obstructing walls as much as possible, for the visitor to enjoy the landscape view beyond.

The natural internal water feature add to the visual drama, connect the internal spaces, and also create natural cooling by cross ventilation.

To reduce the mass of the original four bedroom design, we developed the scheme further by taking advantage of the cascading drop of the site and locate the two private bedroom pods on the lower plain below. These were linked with another water feature that runs down towards the main pool.

The final scheme followed the contours of the land to deliver an organic living space with immaculate views.