A+U 590 Contemporary Sri Lanka On Geoffrey Bawa’s 100th

ISBN: 9784900212442


This instalment examines the works of new, emerging Sri Lankan architects on the anniversary of what would have been Geoffrey Bawa’s 100th year. Recognised as one of the most influential Asian architects of his generation, Bawa’s masterpieces have had a lasting influence on the style known globally today as “tropical modernism”. For this special feature, nineteen projects were selected and structured into three topics that reflect the architecture of contemporary Sri Lanka, relevant to its economic, social, and cultural situation today. Besides a number of private residences and holiday homes, it includes Galle Fort Hotel, Ambepussa Community Library, office buildings, and more.


192 pages, ills colour & bw, 22 x 29 cm, pb, Japanese/English

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Following the a+u 11:06 issue on Geoffrey Bawa, that featured the architect’s masterpieces and his lasting influence over generations, this November issue examines the works of emerging, new Sri Lankan architects. The issue begins with an essay written by Sean Anderson, Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA, which describes how early practices by pioneering architects have coped with the political economy of colonialism to bring about the modern, regional architecture of the tropics. It is not until the year 1969 that Sri Lanka started its own local architecture schools, which taught new generations of architects who continue to challenge the limits of tradition and shape their country’s architecture identity. Together with Channa Daswatte, architect at the MICD Associates and Trustee of the Geoffrey Bawa Trust and the Lunuganga Trust, 19 projects are selected and structured into 3 topics that reflect the architecture of contemporary Sri Lanka relevant to its economic, social, cultural situation today.


Essay: Before and After the End of the Beginning, Sean Anderson
Chapter 1: Materiality and Process
Thisara Thanapathy / Santani Wellness Resort and Spa
Palinda Kannangara / The Frame – Holiday Home in Imaduwa
Robust Architecture Workshop / Ambepussa Community Library
Philip Weeraratne / Kotte Residence
Robust Architecture Workshop / House 412
Palinda Kannangara / Studio Dwelling at Rajagiriya
Chapter 2: Conservation and Critical Reuse
Pulasthi Wijekoon, Guruge Ruwani, Thusara Waidyasekara / Office Building for Colombo Municipal Council
Thisara Thanapathy / TRACE Expert City
Dilum Adikari / Arcade Independence Square
Dilum Adikari / Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
Channa Daswatte / Galle Fort Hotel
Amila de Mel / No.5 @ Lunuganga (Osmund and Ena de Silva House)
Chapter 3: An Environmental Ethic
Sunela Jayewardene / Jetwing Vil Uyana
L. A. R Kumarathunge, Tom Armstrong / The Mudhouse
Hirante Welandawe / Villa Santé
Hirante Welandawe / Jaffna House
Channa Daswatte / Daswatte House
Amila de Mel / 2B1 (Container House)
teaM Architrave / Office Building For Central Finance Co. Plc
Essay: When is a Contemporary Sri Lankan architecture? Sean Anderson, Channa Daswatte
Essay: Memories of Geoffrey Bawa – from the notebook of Shuji Kondo, Kondo Shuji
Bawa 100: “The Gift” – Artist Installations at the Lunuganga, Artistpanel
Discussion 189
Suhanya Raffel, Dominic Sansoni, Lee Mingwei,
Shayari de Silva, Chandragupta Thenuwara, Dayanita Singh,
Sean Anderson, Christopher Silva

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