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Chic & Green | Heritance Kandalama Hotel, Sri Lanka [2]

August 28, 2010


View from Kandalama overlooking the Singiriya Lion’s Rock in the background

Heritance Kandalama is one special hotel breed indeed. Practicing eco-friendliness in everything from building materials to the building’s contours, Kandalam was a pioneer ahead of its time. Designed by acclaimed Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa (1919–2003) and one of his major final projects, Kandalama opened in 1994.

One of Asia’s foremost architects and pioneer of sustainable architecture, Bawa’s work is celebrated for his intimate understanding of vernacular architecture, the use of indigenous materials and crafts and their impact on the environment. Bawa has inspired the next generation of architects across much of Asia, from Bali to Oman.

Today’s leading Asian hotel brands, such as Amanresorts, Banyan Tree and Six Senses will attest to Bawa’s role in the Sustainable Design & Development Movement. Bawa has been working with green concepts long before it became the buzzword so many are trying to emulate today.

Kandalama is located at the foot of the northern slopes of Sri Lanka’s central hills, in close proximity to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites with their ruins dating as far back as 1st century BC. The hotel is within the Cultural Triangle where archaeological discoveries continue to reveal more evidence of Sri Lanka’s ancient civilization. The hotel was certified in compliance with the Green Globe 21 standards. Kandalama is the first hotel in Asia to receive this prestigious certification.

The tropical hideaway of the Kandalama Hotel allows visitors to explore the many wonders of Sri Lanka. This modern eco hotel is designed to blend into the jungle with a green roof and planted facade. Tropical jungles, calm waters and the mountain rock countryside of Kandalama offer the eco-friendly visitor nature’s splendor.

Occupying a most unique site in the cultural triangle’s heartland, Kandalama is flanked by two UNESCO world heritage sites – the 1st Century BC Dambulla rock temple and the 5th Century AD Sigiriya rock fortress. The hotel is surrounded by rocky outcrops, lakes and forests, and is home to a variety of indigenous birds and wildlife.

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