HOUSE IN GINIGALA, SRI LANKA
The house is located near the town of Ginigala at a 15-minute drive through small provincial roads, from the colonial city of Galle in the Southern part of the tropical Island. The estate already has an existing historic building that was rebuild by the owner, and PRODUCTORA was required to design a second residence on a steep hill towards the backside of the plot. The dwelling is placed on the highest level of the terrain allowing splendid views over the surrounding mountains and paddy fields.
Taking advantage of a pronounced topography, the ground floor of the house adapts itself to the terrain through a series of platforms at different levels establishing a fluctuating open space with lots of differentiations in height and proportion. This covered but outdoor public area contains the dining area, seating corners, viewing platforms, pool deck and a variety of open and more intimate spaces. A smaller part of the house is developed as a real indoor space where you can retreat in the evening to escape the ‘mosquito hour’ or enjoy a breeze of acclimatized air. Three different water elements extend outwards and connect the house with the dense and overwhelming jungle surrounding the construction.
The upper floor consists of a clear, rational and quiet organization on a single horizontal slab in which all four rooms have panoramic views over the corners. The setback of the sliding windowpanes protects the glazed surfaces from the sun and creates spacious terraces that go around the whole upper floor. The rooms all connect to a central open hall that functions as a transition between the sleeping quarters and the more public ground floor.
A concrete grid that comes down on 28 small foundation blocks that can be easily excavated and poured on site, defines the constructive solution. The concrete beams and girders, floors and ceilings of the lower level tie the whole house together structurally, while the upper level is added as a light traditional palm wood structure on top of the lower platform. Hereby daytime and nighttime functions also obtain different characters through their materialization.
Collaborators: Pamela Martinez, Lena Kohl, Antonio Espinoza, Ivan Villegas, Uriel Pina / Location: Ginigala, Southern Province, Sri Lanka / Type: Private Residence / Client: Giles Scott / Total surface: 600m2 / Date: July 2012