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FAMILY RETREAT AT MALABE

This is a renovation project and a second home for a couple. Located close to paddy fields and fringed by distant woodland this second home on 30 perches (760sqm) has been conceived of as a retreat for a couple in their fifties who had spent a significant part of their life in a Colombo city house and desired for a tranquil space away from the hectic bustle of the city and that would enable them to live in close proximity to nature. This retreat provides a space for the owners to pursue their individual passions for gardening and writing. The owner is a scholar of Buddhist Philosophy and is working on a book. The new building kept the structure of the old, while reorganizing to maximize views, opening out to allow light and to integrate the built with the landscape. The existing levels were retained and made use of. The new house is built on the same footprint as the old.

Client - P. Devasiri
Structural Engineer - R. Wijegunawardane Project Team Savindie Nanayakkare
Design Period- 2013-2014
Completion Period- 2014-2015
Photographs - Sebastian Posingis