Our beach house in Unakuruwa is called 'House 123', because it sits on a plot of land measuring 123 perches. A 'perch' is a measure of the area still widely used in Sri Lanka, and there are 160 perches to an acre. This beachfront property sits on a west-facing bluff some ten meters above the beach. The garden descends direct to the rocky shore, providing direct access for a walk along the seashore.
In designing the house, the owners were keen to respect the topography of the land and its vegetation, especially the palm and mangrove trees. The house is modern and contemporary with spectacular sea views across the infinity pool to the headlands across the bay. The crisp white simplicity of the house contrasts with the adjacent 'jungle' and sea, providing spacious living spaces where the Sri Lankan vegetation and ever-changing sea views are constantly present.