The Oculus in Jaffna

Rising up from the flat grasslands of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, the Oculus, designed by architecture firm Palinda Kannangara, is a residence for staff and visitors at the Jaffna wind power farm.


The Oculus is named after the circular opening carved out in the centre of the building’s square roof. A pivot of natural light, water and the changing seasons, the oculus radiates light through the building and frames a view of the towering windmill beside it. Directly beneath the opening on the ground floor, a small pool of water gathers reaching various heights of depth across the seasons and catching the reflection of the windmill.




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