This House was designed for a a doctor couple nearing retirement, who wanted to move into this small compact residence by a paddy field in suburban Colombo. This 150 square meter site was located at an end of a slope overlooking a panoramic view of paddy fields and distant trees.Residence was designed as a split level house with living dining hall in ground floor and master bedroom upper floor overlooking the paddy fields while service areas like kitchen, car port tucked on to the hill away from the paddy fields. Building was given a butterfly roof to suite the sloping site. Limited palette of materials such as exposed brickwork for exterior, cement rendered interior walls, titanium dioxide cement floors and black powder coated aluminium windows were used in the house. An existing Mango tree on the western edge of the house was retained to create a buffer from hot tropical sun. Existing rock boulders were also retained in the garden as landscaped elements. Garden proper was nominally landscaped while paddy fields were considered borrowed extended garden of the house.



Walls: Exposed/Cement Rendered Walls
Roof: Corrugated Cement Board
Floor Titanium Dioxide Cement Floors
Windows: Black powder coated aluminium windows

Architect: Chinthaka Wickramage
Engineer: Prasantha Pieris
Quantity Surveyour: Sunanda Gnanasiri
Contractor: Wimalasena


Chinthaka Wickramage