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    Anarchitect designed the Harding Boutique Hotel in Sri Lanka. Picture: Anarchitect

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    Anarchitect designed the Harding Boutique Hotel in Sri Lanka. Picture: Anarchitect

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    Anarchitect designed the Harding Boutique Hotel in Sri Lanka. Picture: Anarchitect

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    Anarchitect designed the Harding Boutique Hotel in Sri Lanka. Picture: Anarchitect

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Modern tropical design for boutique Sri Lanka hotel

Magda Ibrahim
21 Mar 2019

British architect designs new boutique hotel in Ahangama, Sri Lanka.

The six-suite luxury Harding Boutique Hotel is set to welcome its first guests in autumn 2019. 

The property’s architecture and interiors are inspired by Sri Lanka’s modernist movement and are designed by British architect Jonathan Ashmore, founder of practice ANARCHITECT. 

The new property lies among dense coconut groves to the east and west, ocean and beach frontage to the south and a dynamic local community to the north. 

“It was important that the boutique hotel’s design responded on all four elevations in equal measure through a clean, contemporary and modern aesthetic,” said Mr Ashmore.

“It is visually calm among the organic and wild nature that surrounds it, and contextual and environmentally responsive through its materiality and natural openness and permeability.” 

The Harding Boutique Hotel is steps away from the country’s world-famous surf break and pristine beaches, and a thirty-minute drive from the UNESCO World Heritage Site Galle Fort. 

The property features well ventilated, wide, open spaces – suites with generous private balconies

and uninterrupted views over the Indian Ocean, sea-facing private baths, rain showers, double vanities and king beds wrapped in luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. 

The rooms are elevated among the natural palm groves, seamlessly connected with their surroundings of the ocean views and tropical landscape. 

The roof terrace and the staircase leading onto it, wrapped in lush foliage, are the hotel’s key architectural features, defining the building and creating a deeper connection to the ocean. 

The boutique scale of the hotel inspired ANARCHITECT to create features such as intimate seated nooks on the mid-landings of the central open-staircase. 

Materials used throughout the hotel include ribbed local hard-wood, polished concrete and granite stone in local Sri Lankan detail.

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