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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.”

+ Damith Premathilake

Photos courtesy of Logan Photogaphy