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Holiday home of the week: a Sri Lankan villa by Shigeru Ban

Sea views and Pritzker Prize-winning architecture credentials combine inside this Sri Lankan holiday villa by Shigeru Ban.

The Japanese architect was commissioned to design Villa Vista on the cliffs overlooking Weligama Bay in 2010, having spent time in the region building post-tsunami reconstruction houses.

Villa Vista by Shigeru Ban
Courtesy of Villa Vista in Mirissa

Villa Vista stretches across three levels, and each provides a different perspective of the surrounding landscape. On top is a sliding deck with dining and seating areas overlooking the ocean, while a 60-ft infinity pool, with a shady terrace and sun loungers, sits on the floor below. Tucked beneath that is the gym, whose windows look directly into the pool.

Villa Vista by Shigeru Ban
Courtesy of Villa Vista in Mirissa

Shigeru Ban – who scooped the Pritzker Prize in 2014 for his humanitarian and eco-conscious designs – built the home from concrete and stone. Its ceilings and roof are formed of rippling teak wickerwork and coconut leaves, while the villa’s back wall is a patchwork of woven wooden screens which allow air to flow through the living area.

Villa Vista by Shigeru Ban
Courtesy of Villa Vista in Mirissa

The modern holiday home, which is available to rent via Airbnb for £440 a night, has three en-suite bedrooms which jutt off its central volume, with balconies offering views across tropical gardens and the bay.

There is much to enjoy on site – massages can be arranged as well as meals prepared – but for those interested in venturing further afield, the bay below is prime for surfing, sailing and whale watching.

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