Meerigama House, Divuldeniya, Naalla
A couple living in Sweden approached the architects to design a house in a plot formed by a subdivisions of a mid-sized coconut & teak plantation. Swedish husband and his Sri Lankan wife wanted the house to be their summer cottage holiday home for the time being, and to be their retirement home once they retire and settle down in Sri Lanka.
As a response a single story three bedroomed, open ended central courtyard ‘U’ shaped house was designed focusing on a mature ‘tamarind tree’ in the site. Views to the surrounding greenery was achieved through multiple sashed glazed door windows surrounding the house, while titanium dioxide mixed cut & polished cement floors and interior white washed walls give a certain monastic feeling to the house.
The focus of the house is the mature ‘tamarind tree’ in the courtyard. Couple’s Sri Lankan wife’s ancestors home once stood in the same location (in the years gone by) and the tamarind tree bring her childhood memories back. Exterior color of the house was carefully selected to match the ‘raw’ unburnt mud brick colors of the nearby brick kilns, in the brick making village of Divuldeniya Naalla where the house is located.
Furniture in the house are repaired & recycled from the ancestor home, with simple rattan weaving and timber mixed furniture as well as with ornately carved timber pieces. The house is surrounded by pebble filled ‘Swiss drains’ to drain storm water, while immediate surrounding of the house is tastefully landscaped with buffalo grass turfing. Mature teak and coconut trees form foreground and backdrop to this simple single story ‘U’ shaped summer cottage house, in the midst of surrounding greenery, giving the users the feeling of living in a semi wilderness.
Location : Meerigama