Mount Havana

Boutique Villa

Issue | 21
Text | Nipuni Dayasagara
Photography | Sanjaya Vithana

Project:  Mount Havana Boutique Villa

Client: H Senid Resort Private LTD

Architect:  Architect Prasanna Jayalath

Design Team:Architect Prasanna Jayalath

                       Architect Nayana Jayasekera

                       Roshan Weerasooriya

                       Udula Abeygunawardhana

                       Neranjan Wijerathna

                       Hansanee Maddewithana

                       Nipuni Dayasagara


Structural  : Wasantha Chandratilake 

Electrical Engineer :  Thilak Thembiliyagoda

Services Engineer :  Nimal Perera

Location  : Gampola, Sri Lanka.

Covered area  :  6210 square feet

Completion   : In November 2010 


Description of project 

The site is located close to the city Gampola, populated as Mount Havana which was a tea estate with an aged bungalow at the pinnacle and a tea factory at the rear end. The project was proposed to convert the old bungalow into a highly sophisticated Boutique Villa mingling with the mesmerizing ambiance of verdant green mountains at Gampola. 

The total land includes 25 acres running through giant gaps of contours from top to bottom. The building encloses 6210 square feet of area letting rest of the entire land to be covered with vegetations. The brief completes including the main spaces of the restaurant, bar space, service core, swimming pool with an infinity edge and five-bedrooms embed with diverse experiences.

Materials of construction details 

It is a clear illustration of Recycled Architectural Salvage and Adaptive Re-Use Of Abandoned Buildings in two ways; such as creating efficient utilize of spaces and re-use of forsaken materials in a more profitable manner. Two third of retaining walls of terraces were made out of debris stones which had been used to create boundaries of its previous building. Most of the timber works which used for the construction have been provided from the same premises which were converted into green yards for the cultivation of necessary crops while giving rise to the concept of “Responsibly-Harvested Woods”.

Special features 

The boutique villa promotes Green Healthy Living to the customers cultivating in mass scale all necessary vegetations within the premises; meanwhile, the site has been identified as an endangered area of high landslide frequency as the land includes steep surfaces of pliable soil. Hence the building was spanned including a number of terraces created by four types of retaining walls consistent with the existing contours of the site without re-filling or excavating extraordinarily, which prevents the soil erosion and enrich the quality of soakage of soil to upward flora.

Flower troughs and turf areas have been created around the bedrooms as much as possible to maintain the indoor thermal comfort by enhancing the quality of Evapotranspiration during the time of high-temperature records about 30 degrees.

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