Given just the materials you see around you, what kind of getaway home would you be able to come up with? We have to admit that our own answers aren't pretty (unless you fancy shoebox/paper clip houses), but for architect Damith Premathilake, who used a stray shipping container and timber from old weapon boxes, the results were quite impressive. Believe it or not, his cheery yellow Holiday Cabana at Maduru Oya in Sri Lanka was built entirely from things he found on site - talk about being resourceful! Photographer Logan MacDougall Pope was kind enough to send us these gorgeous shots of the peaceful cabana, and they have us feeling extremely envious of the lucky owners.
The minimalistic hideaway was made for Lieutenant Colonel Chandimal Peiris, and was built by soldiers under the architect’s direction. No skilled laborers were used at all. For the main structure, Premathilake used a found shipping container that was abandoned after the war. Despite using only one container, the home is a spacious 700 sq. ft. (a luxurious amount of room from the point of view of a New Yorker) and a rooftop terrace and ground floor deck made of found timber add to the home’s usable areas. Two sides of the house have large french doors that can be opened up to let the warm breezes pass through.
“Maduru Oya’s lakefront is the back drop with a range of mountains making the contextual enclosure towards the land side of the camp,” writes the architect of the site. “The visual axis towards the mountain range takes the visitor’s mind into different settings due to the water of the lakefront, the solid mountains with the green belt under a canopy of blue sky. It is an inviting place to relax.”
Photos courtesy of Logan Photogaphy