Located at the southern tip of Sri Lanka, the three-storey house faces scenic beaches. The house is a gift from Pringers to his wife, who cites Ando as her favorite architect. Appropriately, inscribed on a stone outside the house gate were the words “To Saskia”.
This approach is significantly different from Ando’s previous works, which were more introspective in nature, with only small gaps for light to seep in.
This was due to the request of Saskia, who wanted to find inspiration for her art in the seas and skies of the island. In response, Ando “aimed to create an airy architecture like many of the native houses.”
Outdoor terraces between the first and ground floor allow for a panoramic view of the Indian Ocean.
The interior of the house is divided into four sections. One box houses the reception, kitchen, master bedroom, and Pierre’s “meditation room”; while another contains four guest bedrooms, each with a sea view and a complete en-suite.