Okay… Who stole my railroad tracks?

29 Nov

Where do Sri Lankan Lieutenants live?

Well, in ISBUs in Sri Lanka… of course!

A Holiday Cabana at Maduru Oya sits on an army training camp surrounded by jungle and faces onto a lake with mountains beyond.

Sounds like paradise, huh?

It was designed by a Sri Lankan architect named Damith Prematikake.

I LIKE this guy! He supervised the cabin construction after he scoured the site for building materials. Everything used to construct this cabin was “found goods”.

As in, the Lieutenant barked at his grunts and they gathered and assembled…  everything they could carry off when nobody was looking. 🙂

It was entirely constructed using unskilled labor.

(That means that even your knucklehead brother-in-law can help you do it.) 😉

The architect noted that it was designed to be a place to relax.

Because anyone who has ever been in the military knows how much relaxation a lieutenant needs after kicking butts and shuffling papers all day, right?  😉

The architect says:

“The Client was advised to find the material such as timber strips form the old bunkers and weapon boxes, old used ‘H’ irons, rods, used railway sleepers for the interior and exteriors. The idea was to create the space using the available resources within the surrounding environment.”

Which translates to that age old Military mystery; “%*&#@!! Who freakin’ stole my railroad tracks?”

Remember, there were no trained construction teams undertaking the project to make it a reality except the poor soldiers’ who were in the camp. The architect had to ensure that the soldiers were able to transform the imagined abstraction into reality.

How’d he do it? The same way I would, I bet…

Gunpoint.  🙂


Image credits to: Logan MacDougall Pope
You need to check this guy out. He has some beautiful residential and Commercial photography on his site. Just looking at it gave me several ISBU ideas… 😉

Thanks to Michael Janzen for the heads up!

3 Responses to “Okay… Who stole my railroad tracks?”

  1. Jeremiah November 29, 2010 at 8:53 am #

    this gets the “archisexy” stamp of approval.

    • Renaissance Ronin November 30, 2010 at 1:16 pm #

      Ah come on…

      It’s built out of stolen property!

      Ummm… check that “reappropriated” property.

      It IS cool, isn’t it? I bet I could even do this.

      And it’s FAR better than any old Lieutenant deserves, let me tell you… 😉

  2. Jeremiah November 30, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    “found” – “stolen” – now we’re just splitting hairs. 😉

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