Adding to his expressive architectural visualizations collection, Sri Lanka-based designer Thilina Liyanage now envisions a cluster of retreat villas, taking shape as monumental lotus flowers made from interwoven bamboo.
Heavily influenced by magical realism, the dreamy getaway cabins emerge amid a densely forested area, connecting to each other with delicate string lights.
Thilina Liyanage imagines the four structures elevated on bent bamboo pillars, topped by intricate lotus flower-shaped forms. Right below its mounted lotus-inspired living room space, each hideout cabin allocates a common outdoor area, where residents can sit and relax. The bent bamboo supports are stacked on top of each other, in order to create protective borders around this area, while generating a tiered walking space that wraps around the villa’s canopied deck.
Connecting harmoniously with the lower volume, the upper floor emerges as an elevated wooden deck supported by three large bamboo shafts. This upper level features a wooden-clad flooring as well, thus matching the materiality and texture of the entire bamboo volume. The main villa is situated at the top level of the structure, making individuals feel as if they are inside an actual lotus flower floating in a serene pond. Meanwhile, the windows are positioned right behind an intricate bamboo lattice that envelopes the entire construction, providing further privacy to the residents, while giving an intriguing, mysterious character to the project.
Name: hideout lotus bamboo villa
Architect: Thilina Liyanage