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Picture Window House

Shigeru Ban Architects

Asia | Weligama

Perched on a cliff top overlooking the Bay of Weligama, a beautiful spot in southern Sri Lanka, between ocean and tropical forest, Picture Window House is fully in keeping with its setting. As well as providing sweeping views over the unspoilt surrounds, the house embraces its exposure to the elements, the changing monsoon winds and local climate. These natural elements were the starting point for Shigeru Ban’s programme of an open, multifaceted residence. And were corroborated by relatively unsophisticated materials and technology that included hiring local craftsmen to finish the reinforced concrete surfaces in traditional fashion and make the plaited leaf matting. The house comprises a series of individual blocks fitted one onto the other around a complex central space that serves as living, dining and relaxation area. The open centre flows outwards onto a terrace and swimming pool...

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