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Urchin Pods, Sri Lanka

Urchin Pods at Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Sri Lanka: Redefining Eco-Friendly Luxury in Resort Architecture

Introduction to Urchin Pods

The Urchin Pods project, developed by Nomadic Resorts at the Wild Coast Tented Lodge in Sri Lanka, is an innovative example of sustainable resort architecture. These structures are specifically designed as luxurious, eco-friendly children’s bedrooms that complement the natural surroundings.

Architectural Inspiration and Sustainability

Drawing inspiration from the natural form of sea urchins, these pods incorporate the principles of biophilic design. This approach integrates aspects of the natural world into architectural practices, fostering a closer connection between humans and nature. The pods are constructed using lightweight, prefabricated materials that minimize environmental impact.

Design Features and Eco-Friendly Materials

Each pod features a unique tensile membrane fabric stretched over a frame, creating an aesthetically pleasing and functional form. The materials used are eco-friendly, emphasizing sustainability from production through to deployment. The design includes thermal insulation and is equipped with portholes and doors designed to maximize natural lighting and air circulation, enhancing the indoor environment while reducing the need for artificial cooling and lighting.

Enhancing Luxury in Compact Spaces

Despite their compact size, Urchin Pods are meticulously designed to deliver comfort and luxury. The interior of each pod is carefully crafted to ensure that space is used efficiently without compromising on the quality or comfort expected from a luxury resort. Each unit is equipped with custom-designed furniture that fits the unique curves and shapes of the pods, ensuring that every inch of space is utilized effectively.

Educational and Environmental Impact

The Urchin Pods are not only a place for children to sleep but also serve as an educational tool that teaches young guests about sustainability and the importance of protecting the environment. The integration of eco-friendly technologies and materials demonstrates real-world applications of sustainable practices, making the pods a functional example of environmental stewardship.

Conclusion: Setting a New Standard

The Urchin Pods project sets a new standard in resort design, successfully combining luxury with environmental consciousness. By integrating innovative design with sustainable practices, Nomadic Resorts showcases how modern architecture can contribute positively to eco-tourism and resort development. This project serves as an inspiration for future developments in the industry, proving that luxury and sustainability can coexist seamlessly.


Urchin Pods, Sri Lanka

The Urchin Pods function as the children’s bedroom at Wild Coast Tented Lodge in Sri Lanka. The light-weight prefabricated tented pods are customized versions of Nomadic Resorts Urchin model.

The biophilic design of the compact yet luxury tented pod was inspired by the globular shell of the Sea Urchin – a member of the phylum Echinodermata. As the Urchin matures it develops a five-fold symmetry (called pentamerism) that is reflected in the beamed structure of the tent.  Portholes and doors are incorporated into the segments like the tubercules on the shells of the animal to provide access and light.

The Spicules (or beams) are covered by a tensile membrane fabric that is tensioned with cables at each foot. Insulation has been incorporated between the segments to create a thermally efficient envelope.

Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Yala, Sri Lanka
8 Children's rooms
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