A LUXURY FACILITY WITH A GREEN HEART, SURROUNDED BY WILD NATURE, INSPIRED AND BASED ON VERNACULAR MATERIALS: THIS IS THE NEW SAFARI CAMP IN THE YALA NATIONAL PARK, SRI LANKA
A luxury facility with a green heart, surrounded by wild nature, inspired and based on vernacular materials: this is the new Safari Camp in the Yala National Park, Sri Lanka.
Designed by Nomadic Resort, responsible for the architectural and landscape design projects, and Bo Reudler Studio, that developed the interior design, Wild Coast Lodge is a 28 tent safari camp located on the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka near the spectacular Yala National Park – home to leopards, elephants, sloth bears and crocodiles. The landscape is dominated by boulder outcrops of metamorphic rock which tower over the dryland forest.
In order to make the buildings blend seamlessly into their natural surroundings, their designs were inspired by the large boulders scattered around the site.
The 28 Looper tented villas have been positioned around 5 large clay lined ponds which have been clustered to represent the paw print of a leopard- stalking through the site. The four pool villas have sea views but each of the inland tents has a cantilevered deck looking out over the pond it shares with its neighbors, to allow guests to enjoy their own safari experience from the comfort of their room.
The Looper is a luxury prefabricated tented villa inspired by the form of a caterpillar. The vaulted structure uses a small volume of structural material to enclose a large internal volume in fabric.
The main areas include bar, restaurant and welcome area and are open air structures with dome shaped roofs from a woven bamboo net structure clad in reclaimed teak shingles. Over time, the rough surface of the wooden shingles will weather and blend in with the rocks and boulders around.
Whereas the architecture focuses on the outer form of the boulders, the interior shifts to what’s inside. Treasures to discover inside rocks include caves, crystals and veins of precious minerals. Local natural materials like boulders and quartz feature prominently in the design that echoes the specific context of the site.
The experience of the interior will tickle the senses and trigger the imagination. The atmosphere will be enchanting, intuitive, intimate and warm with a hint of playfulness. The aesthetic will convey a sense of ecological luxury and local elegance with a contemporary edge. The guest’s movement through the resort and his or her experience along the way will guide the design. Every space will be a surprise and discovery.
Sustainability is the utmost priority for material choice. Materials are sourced as locally as possible to reflect the cultural and geographic conditions of the site. Material palette actually reflects the local context. Local crafts include mud brick, wood working and stone masonry, which are durable and age in a beautiful way.
Moreover, it makes use of materials found on site, e.g. boulders and trunks will be used reused in the interior design.