Herat House


The plot is a 20 perch long narrow site in Thalawatugoda on a hill adjoining a rubber estate made room for a home comprising of a series of open spaces, long corridors and ponds being one with the garden.

The internal spaces are well naturally lit and ventilated. By building along half the width of the length of the site gave rise to all the spaces overlooking a long garden and an overall L-shape footprint.

On entering the main door one is taken along a long series of ponds with only grills separating the landscape, passing the central courtyard (also a large pond) with a tree, in the middle of which the water overflows into grooves in the passage into the long side ponds.

The house was designed for entertainment and open style living whilst maintaining absolute privacy for the rest of the family. From the main entrance a side stairway takes one to the first floor living spaces. A large central family lounge gives access to two large bedrooms with attached toilets. The master bedroom overlooks the length of the garden and has an en-suite walk-in space and bath that opens to an outdoor shower.

Half the area of the house has a roof terrace designed entirely for entertaining and has long lengths of cements seats which over look a large rubber estate on the side.