- Architectural Firm: Chinthaka Wickramage Associates
- Lead Architect: Chinthaka Wickramage
- Location: Meerigama, Sri Lanka
- Project Year: 2021
- Quantity Surveyor: Sunanda Gnanasiri
- Civil Contractor: Asoka Construction (Pvt) Ltd
Text description provided by the architect.
The central courtyard, around which functions have been arranged, is the focus of the house. What makes this house is the ‘in between spaces’ – the gaps and open spaces between components which define and give them intention. They allow them to breathe in the sense that they become mechanisms that let the building spread out into the landscape vice-versa.
Building code determines the dimensions of these in between spaces, but there is opportunity to define their qualitative aspects.
This house grew out of the feeling that there is enough time in the ‘home’, that one can sit and talk where one feels like it, on the steps, under a tree in the garden, not necessarily so called sitting area, that one has something beautiful to look at when raising one’s eyes from the sofa, or that one sees something exciting from the living room- a mature tree in a courtyard, a pebble court, a seat under a tree which contain a promise, and the temptation in ones thought to get up and go towards it.
House is also a home for one’s imagination, the senses become more awake by being used and they get sharper. It has something to do with each person’s relation to the building, whether it stimulates his/her imagination, gives him/her desire to use it, whether he/her can dream in it: they are homes for our souls.
Meerigama house have wide eaves against the sun and the rain, open sides to catch the breeze, but the main purpose is to give the user ‘joy’. Another of the innovations are the cantilevered triangular concrete slab for projected out window sills in bedrooms. They protrude about 3’-0” feet above the room floor and would be enclosed in timber framed glazed ‘slit’ windows. You could use that surface to keep useful objects from the inside.
The key structural elements of the house are uncluttered open spaces, where wide hallways have been complimented with subtle and elegant décor. The colours of the structure and interior décor are predominantly wooden and grey tones enhancing the warm ambience of the space. White washed Wood has been used throughout to compliment the ambience of the house and to replicate the warm atmosphere of a home.
Although modern construction materials have been used, through earthy tones to the exterior the architect has ensured the house merge with nature. This is in accordance with the ideology that architecture should not stand out in search of attention, but must compliment the surroundings.