Concrete surfaces create "rough luxury" inside K House in Sri Lanka by Norm Architects
Austere concrete interiors offset the verdant surroundings of this pair of holiday homes in southwest Sri Lanka, completed by Aim Architecture and Norm Architects.
Situated in the small fishing village of Kottegoda,
Dark grey terrazzo forms chunky sink basins in the bathrooms, two of which open onto private, stone-walled courtyards where guests can shower outdoors.
Touches of warmth are offered by teakwood dining tables, chairs, and headboards that extend the full length of bedroom walls.
The interiors of East House have a more open-plan design. Surfaces are painted white in the joint living and dining area, which is dressed with locally sourced antique artworks.
Granite tiles clad the adjacent verandah, which sits underneath a terracotta roof.
"The main challenge in this location is the climate: onshore winds from the Indian Ocean contains a lot of salt from the sea that can be quite tough on materials," Eland told Dezeen.
"But those chosen for this project – concrete, terrazzo, oiled teak, terracotta – take that into consideration."
Both Norm Architects and Aim Architecture often favour pared-back aesthetics in their designs.
Previous projects by Norm Architects, which is based in Copenhagen, include the hygge-influenced Gjøvik House and the earthen-toned Seaside Abode. Meanwhile the portfolio of Shanghai-based Aim Architecture includes Ruff Well Water Resort, a spa resort in the Chinese countryside.
Photography is by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Noah Sheldon.
AIM Architecture: Wendy Saunders, Vincent de Graaf
Norm Architects: Peter Eland
Design team: Qing Ye, Zihan Zhao, Alejandro Felipe
Project manager: Gabriela Ka Po Lo
Builders: Crystal Construction
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