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Artists Retreat, Pittugala

Located near the busy Southern Expressway buffered by paddy fields on the edge of Colombo, this is the home, studio and exhibition space for an artist couple, J.C. Ratnayake and his printmaker wife. The architecture aims to be a backdrop to the artist's simple lifestyle, providing them with a close connection to the natural environment Built on a small budget collected gradually over the three years of design and construction with interruptions to the process as the client regularly ran out of money. The building is a split-level construction responding to the sloping site. The ground floor comprises the artists' studio and gallery space overlooking internal gardens and paddy fields beyond. It also includes dining, kitchen and garage spaces and is completely open without doors or windows. The upper level is secure and comprises the family's bedrooms and a rooftop pond. The entire house is passively ventilated, built using local bass workmen, with local and reclaimed materials.

Location: Pittugala, Sri Lanka
Site Area: 3700 sq.ft.
Built Area: 3600 sq.ft.
Design Period: 2011-2012
Completion: 2017
Structural Engineer- Rajapakshe
Landscape Architecture: Varna Shashidhar
Photographs - Sebastian Posingis, Mahesh Mendis
Award Honourable Mention Inde.Award 2018