Built between 2004 and 2006, Jetwing Vil Uyana is a hotel of 25 individual units, built on a specially created wetland centre, close to Sri Lanka's famous Sigiriya rock.

The site was previously bare, comprising mainly of abandoned slash and burn (chena) cultivation, and has been regenerated into a wetland centre with thriving flora and fauna. The buildings are scattered throughout this wetland and are carefully designed to blend with the scenery. The wetland was created using a traditional Sri Lankan tank design system, with the water harvested entirely from rain. This not only avoids competing with local farmers for the use of water, but even helps maintain the local water table. The British RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) were consulted on planting and layout to encourage birdlife.

The bedroom units themselves are raised on stilts and projected over the water. Construction employed traditional and renewable materials where possible. The roof consists of cadjan (palm thatch) with a tar waterproofing. Holcim Pedereru cement was used for masonry work, which does not require lime to ensure no degradation of Sri Lanka’s remaining coral stands. Traditional earth plastering was used, employing the very strong material from unused termite mounds.


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