Harding Boutique Hotel in Sri Lanka embraces tropical modernism

| 16 : 30 – 31 January 2019 |

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Harding boutique hotel in Ahangama designed by ANARCHITECT nestled in calm and tranquil atmosphere pays homage to tropical modernism in Sri Lanka.

Connected by a shared vision and admiration for Sri Lanka’s rich landscape, hotelier Paul Harding and Architect Jonathan Ashmore came together for this venture. The hotel is surrounded by lush coconut grooves on east-west side, stunning  views of Indian Ocean on south and local community on northern side. The boutique hotel offers a unique combination of vernacular style, local materials and modern architectural style. Sea facing baths, rain shower, suites and open air terrace provides natural openness yet privacy to the guests at leisure.

From the Architects – 

The first Harding Boutique Hotel broke ground in Ahangama, Sri Lanka on the 15th of September. The six-suite luxury boutique hotel, a new venture from a Sri Lankan-Australian entrepreneur Paul Harding, is set to welcome its first guests in autumn 2019. The property’s architecture and interiors are inspired by Sri Lanka’s vernacular modernist movement and are designed by British architect Jonathan Ashmore, founder of the award-winning design and architecture practice; ANARCHITECT, based in Dubai and London.

Harding and Ashmore connected through a shared admiration for Sri Lanka – its rich landscape, cultural diversity and natural hospitality. Harding’s entrepreneurial vision and ANARCHITECT’s international expertise, contextual acumen and focus on materiality created a unique synergy. This resulted in an outstanding new hospitality and leisure destination for Sri Lanka’s southern province. It is ANARCHITECT’s first Sri Lankan project and Jonathan Ashmore’s unique nod to the Tropical Modernism.

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Connected terraces to the suite’s

Genius Loci –

“My great uncle was one of the first hoteliers and great pioneers in the country, opening “The Blue Lagoon”. It was the country’s first hotel designed by Geoffrey Bawa – the father of Sri-Lankan modernism. There must have been something in the family as my love for boutique hotels & hospitality has been with me from a very young age.” says Harding.

“The new property lies amongst dense coconut groves to the East and West, ocean & beach frontage to the South and a dynamic local community to the North. It was important for us that the Boutique hotels design responded on all four elevations in equal measure through a clean, contemporary and modern aesthetic. It is visually calm amongst the organic and wild nature that surrounds it and contextual and environmentally responsive through its materiality and natural openness and permeability.” commented Ashmore.

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Centrally located open staircase

Harding Boutique Hotel sets an unparalleled benchmark for Sri Lanka’s hospitality sector. It brings a unique piece of contextual modern design to the south coast of the country. It is located footsteps away from country’s world-famous surf break and pristine beaches. Also within a thirty-minute drive from hotel is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Galle Fort.

Facilities of the boutique hotel – 

The property features well ventilated, wide, open spaces – suites with generous private balconies and uninterrupted views over the Indian Ocean. It also accommodates sea-facing private baths, rain showers, double vanities and king beds wrapped in luxurious Egyptian cotton linens. The rooms are elevated amongst the natural palm groves, seamlessly connected with their surroundings of the breathtaking ocean views and tropical landscape.

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Cosy and minimal interiors of the suites open up to the coconut groves

The roof terrace and the staircase leading onto it are wrapped in lush foliage. These are the hotel’s key architectural features, defining the building and creating a deeper connection to the ocean. The exclusive nature and boutique scale of the hotel inspired ANARCHITECT to create hidden away moments. Such as intimate seated nooks on the mid-landings of the central open-staircase. These spaces are both contemplative and social, organically inhabited by guests and visitors at their own leisure as they ascend towards the open-air roof terrace with its three-hundred and sixty-degree views over the palm tops.

Tropical modernism infused in boutique hotel – 

Tropical Modernism is known for its focus on the local vernacular, the area’s natural resources and cultural connotations. These dictate a certain architectural style combined with the modernist structuralism. High sun altitude, low air movement and heavy off-season rain downpours have been key factors when deciding on the hotel’s architecture and design. Materials used throughout the hotel include ribbed local hard-wood, polished concrete and granite stone in local Sri Lankan detail.

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Wooden flooring, polished concrete and granite used in hotel rooms

Harding Boutique Hotels Ahangama offers a unique combination of design, intimacy and contextualism. The features capture a new, modern movement in Sri Lankan hospitality. It is created by those who truly believe in offering an international destination rooted in local culture and set within an inspiring piece of modern architecture and interiors.

Project details – 


Project Name – Harding Boutique  Hotel

Location – Ahangama, Sri Lanka

Architect Firm – ANARCHITECT | www.anarchitect.com

Lead Architect – Jonathan Ashmore

Project type – Hospitality, Boutique hotel

Opening – Autumn 2019

Client – Paul Harding of Harding Boutique hotels

Photography Credits – © ANARCHITECT

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