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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.

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JANUARY - FEBRUARY 15, 2018 Issue

Featured in this issue is a conversation with Dr Shanti Jayewardene, author of ‘Geoffrey Manning Bawa: Decolonizing Architecture’. It is the perspective of an architect and historian of Sri Lanka’s greatest and most influential architect. The book explains how Geoffrey Bawa, born when the island was a British colony and trained in the European tradition, moved away from his learning to look into the architectural marvels of an ancient civilization, which resulted in iconic architectural creations.

A villa in Kandy designed by architect Isurunath Bulankulame is the project presented this month. Drawing inspiration from the natural beauty and historical heritage of Kandy, and making maximum use of the limited space, the architect has created a minimalist, spacious and aesthetically appealing house that has now transformed into a boutique hotel.

Feedback looks at scenic Peradeniya in the central hills, exploring the University of Peradeniya and Royal Botanical Gardens.

Thirteen years ago, Tullio Pericoli published his interpretation of The Ideal House, an essay by Robert Louis Stevenson, with an illustrational commentary of the words. In ‘Parallel Text’, the international article in the Confetti section, the author has revisited his creation with a sequence of black-and-white drawings.

House in Motoazabu, Tokyo, designed by Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, is a masterful inclusion of an art gallery, garage and guest rooms, the architectural form aesthetically shaped by the limitations of the site.

Also featured in this issue is the stunning Louvre in Abu Dhabi designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel – a museum conceived as a city.


JANUARY 15 - FEBRUARY 15, 2018

Table of Contents

Cover: a sketch by Ajantha Ranaweera (right)
of stylised giri monastery showing hanging
terraced gardens as depicted in Geoffrey
Manning Bawa: Decolonizing Architecture
by Dr Shanti Jayewardene

Author Designer   Title
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Enhancing a Sri Lankan identity
Keshini de Silva
Dr Shanti Jayewardene 01
Geoffrey Manning Bawa: Decolonizing Architecture
In conversation with Dr Shanti Jayewardene
Tullio Pericoli
Parallel Text
Isurunath Bulankulame
Nestled Hideaway, a villa in Kandy, Sri Lanka
Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Louvre Abu Dhabi
Tadao Ando
Tadao Ando Architect & Associates
House in Motoazabu, Tokyo
Kulanthi Silva