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Hotel by the Waterfalls

Hotel by the Waterfalls, Ramboda

Located in a small hill town of Ramboda in central Sri Lanka, in a unique ecological zone comprising of tropical montane forests and grasslands, this 27 room, 6 storey hotel building is completely integrated into the terrain of the land. The design had to address environmental regulations that stipulated a 2 storey building to the road and to avoid blocking views of the scenery to the locals and passing tourists. The design adopts these challenges and presents a scaled down two storey facade to the road permeable to the dramatic views of Ramboda falls. Building with the natural terrain, enabled building of four floors below the road level nestled into the topography, which is the bedroom wing of the hotel. Guests enter the hotel at 4th floor level (the road level), the public level of the hotel, which comprises of the lobby and a long (30') viewing deck cantilevered over the valleys that provides a panoramic view of the surrounding nature- and the renowned Ramboda falls.

Location: Ramboda, Sri Lanka
Site Area: 38750 sq.ft.
Built Area: 30140 sq.ft.
Design Period: 2009-2010
Completion: 2012
Structural Engineer - U. Dissanayake
Photographs - WarunaGomis