Spectacular Sri Lanka eco-tourism luxury camping spotlighted by ‘world’s top architectural website’
Pictures: Marc Hernandez Folguera
An outstanding example of Sri Lanka’s focus on sustainable eco-tourism is featured on Arch Daily, billed as the world’s most visited architecture website.
Wild Coast Tented Lodge, a 36-tent safari camp and the first of its kind in Sri Lanka, is located on the fringe of Yala National Park in the south of Sri Lanka.
The website notes that the spectacular five-star project allows visitors to fully experience Sri Lanka’s amazing biodiversity with minimal intrusion on the landscape.
“The eco-resort’s organic architecture integrates seamlessly into the site, which comprises dryland forests that merge into the rugged sandy coastline overlooking the Indian Ocean.
“Local influences were especially important, from vernacular traditions and materials to community involvement.
“The architecture references natural formations in Yala’s landscape, namely the massive rounded boulders scattered throughout the park, at a macro scale, and termite mounds, at a micro scale.”
Each cluster of tents overlooks a watering hole designed to attract wildlife, while the large pavilions are light, open structures crafted from a woven grid shell bamboo structure clad in reclaimed teak shingles.
“Arched openings and high vaulted ceilings create a strong sense of space. The existing vegetation is retained to ensure an authentic experience of the landscape, complemented by an attractive Xeriscape of spiky plants and elegant rock balance sculptures by Adrian Gray.”
Highlights include the swimming pool that flows through the restaurant and bar and lights up like the night sky, an illuminated copper-leaf tree suspended in the 10m-high bamboo dome of the restaurant, mud brick seating installations and bamboo chandeliers that punctuate the main spaces.
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