AW2 unveils Ani Villas Sri Lanka

by Sophie Cullen on Mar 7, 2016 in Architecture
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Paris-based firm AW2 have created a tropical sanctuary at Ani Villas Sri Lanka

The firm acknowledges that the site and the topography surrounding it were major influences on the outcome of the design. Organised into a series of clusters, each is made up of separate pavilions with clusters then being linked through a series of ramps. The ramps and clusters are all lined in dark stone retaining walls, creating a geometry of walls within the landscape, cutting through the greenery, creating platforms and holding pathways.

Ani Villa 9

Buildings on the site are designed as stand-alone timber frame structures that sit delicately atop the retaining walls. Each pavilion has a large overhanging roof – in iron wood shingles – that protects and shades the walls and windows. The facades are designed in a strict rhythm of vertical panels, alternating stone and windows for the rooms. The main structures, which house the living areas are built as double height timber frame structures, clad in louvered shutters which allow for natural ventilation – avoiding air conditioning in these areas – and creating a rich play on light at night.


Indoor/outdoor living is invited thanks to the positioning of terraces and swimming pools that extend out directly from the villas. The landscape was carefully laid out to provide a tropical feel, with lush gardens in some parts and structured planting in others. Fountains have been incorporated as large stone walls which are clad in recuperated clay tiles that form an intricate wall pattern
upon which the water trickles down.


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