In Sri Lanka, chena is a major form of cultivation, and the chena hut was developed as a seasonal structure to oversee the slash and burn technique. This steel-supported structure on a rubber plantation in Matugama takes its cues from the traditional agriculture building – airiness, minimalism, use of simple natural materials, in this case simply wood, bamboo, and the steel beams.
Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.