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Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Sri Lanka

Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Sri Lanka: A Synthesis of Luxury and Sustainability

Introduction to Wild Coast Tented Lodge

Wild Coast Tented Lodge, situated adjacent to Yala National Park in Sri Lanka, represents a cutting-edge approach in sustainable resort design. This innovative project, created by the acclaimed resort design company Nomadic Resorts, seamlessly integrates luxury accommodations with the natural environment.

Architectural Excellence in Resort Design

The lodge features uniquely designed cocoon-like structures that mimic the organic forms found in the surrounding landscape. This design not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also minimizes the ecological footprint, showcasing Nomadic Resorts’ commitment to sustainable resort architecture.

Luxurious Amenities and Eco-Friendly Practices

Each suite at Wild Coast Tented Lodge is equipped with luxurious amenities designed to provide comfort while respecting the planet. The use of solar panels and a comprehensive water management system exemplifies the resort’s commitment to sustainability. These eco-friendly initiatives ensure that the lodge operates in harmony with its environment, providing a model for future luxury resorts.

Integration with the Environment and Local Community

The lodge’s proximity to Yala National Park allows guests to experience the rich biodiversity of the region while contributing to conservation efforts. The resort’s involvement in local wildlife conservation projects and community engagement programs further strengthens its role in sustainable tourism.

Setting a New Standard for Resort Developments

Wild Coast Tented Lodge is more than just a vacation destination; it’s a beacon for the future of eco-tourism. By balancing sophisticated design with environmental responsibility, Nomadic Resorts sets a new standard for resort architecture firms worldwide, proving that luxury and sustainability can coexist.


Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Sri Lanka

Wild Coast Tented Lodge is a 36-tent safari camp located adjacent to Yala National Park, on the southern tip of Sri Lanka.

Scattered across Yala’s semi-arid landscape and along the coastline are massive rocky outcrops; these impressive landmarks provide habitat for wildlife and are host to sacred sites. These huge round formations are echoed at a micro scale by termite mounds and suspended beehives found throughout the park. To create a natural fit into Yala’s landscape, the architecture of the camp adopts a human scale between the existing macro and micro forms and derives its forms from these intriguing natural formations. The existing vegetation is retained to ensure an authentic experience of the landscape. Local influences form an integral part of the project, from vernacular traditions and materials to community involvement.

Palatupana, Yala, Sri Lanka
Resplendent Ceylon
resort with welcome area, restaurant, bar, library, pool, spa, 28 Looper villas and 8 Urchin children’s rooms. Total floor area 5250 m2.
Atelier Nomadic
Olav Bruin, Louis Thompson, Inma Cantero, Oana Tudose

The main facilities are organised as outcrops of boulder-like pavilions clustered organically together. Larger open air volumes intersect with smaller enclosed domes that house more private functions.

From afar, the large pavilions appear solid but on closer inspection, they’re revealed as light, open structures. Their vaulted construction is crafted from a woven grid shell bamboo structure clad in reclaimed teak shingles. Large, arched openings and high vaulted ceilings create a strong sense of space while concentric ventilation slits help reduce the volumes to a more human scale. As the shingles weather, the buildings will age gracefully over time, and gain a patina that naturally complements the surrounding stone.

Whereas the architecture focuses on the outer form of the boulders, the interior recalls the treasures concealed within them such as caves, crystals and veins of precious minerals. Capturing a sense of discovery, adventure and enchantment, the interior combines ecological luxury and local elegance with a contemporary edge.

Echoing the context of the site, local materials such as stone, quartz and mud brick are paired with a rich palette of copper, brass, terrazzo, wood, bamboo and textiles. A strong focus is placed on high quality materials that age gracefully. Sculptural light installations punctuate the main spaces.

Night time

By night, the illuminated pavilions appear as navigational landmarks. The open-air structures are illuminated from within, creating an inviting glow at the arched facade. This effect is accentuated by striking rings of light f that line the ventilation openings.