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The first international publication to arrive in Sri Lanka, Domus was founded in 1928 by architect Gio Ponti in Italy. Today it has expanded its presence to China, Russia, India, Central America, Mexico, Germany and
Sri Lanka and has earned repute as ‘the international point of reference for architecture, design and urbanism. Domus Sri Lanka is published under license from Editoriale Domus in Italy who oversees and approves the content and all aspects related to the magazine. The Magazine delves into the world of architecture and design where design approaches, distinctive elements and latest advancements in the field are brought to the reader’s attention. It provides a wealth of knowledge in particular for architects, designers, students and professionals.

Domus Sri Lanka Cover

JULY 15 - AUGUST 15 2016 Issue

The July- August 2016 issue of Domus focuses mainly on the theme of seamless integration of the ancient and the modern in architecture. We feature the office of the Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka, done by R. M. Perera. The building is a prime example of the marriage of colonial exteriors and modern interiors, an architectural phenomenon common in Colombo but also worldwide. Also featured are Joao de Graca’s newly designed Headquarters and Cultural Centre of Lisbon that matches the city’s historic Baroque topography, and Robin Boyd’s Walsh Street house, which re-conceptualized the role of a heritage house.

The Kandy City Centre, the biggest mall in Kandy, has been designed to blend in with the traditional architecture of this historic citadel. In designing the mall, inspiration has been drawn from our ancient and medieval kingdoms.

Feedback in this issue explores three very important religious buildings left behind by the late medieval Gampola Kingdom, also highlighting how these buildings influenced architecture of later eras.

Among other contributions, read Oki Sato, founder of the Japanese studio Nendo, on how he creates a balance between experience and intuition, and ability and creativity.


JULY 15 - AUGUST 15 2016

Table of Contents

Cover: side section (right) of the
landmark Kandy City Centre
in Sri Lanka.

Author Designer   Title
BT Options
Cultural rebirth
Nicola Di Battista,
Domus Italy
If anyone can do anything
Mateo Kries
Making design public
Oki Sato – nendo
The space in between
Mauro Felicori
Terre Motus: Art on hold
Keshini de Silva
Ashley de Vos
Kandy City Centre
Zaha Hadid Architects
Salerno Maritime Termina
Udeshi Amarasinghe
R M Perera
Interior of the Credit Information
Bureau of Sri Lanka
Tony Lee
Robin Boyd
Walsh Street House, Melbourne
Rassegna (Display)
Centro Studi
Yomal Senerath-Yapa
Raffaele Milani
Hope in beauty