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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, 2017 Issue

This issue of Domus deals with a number of unique subjects. In the Feedback section is featured a suburb of Colombo that has a fascinating architectural history: Colombo 2 or Slave Island. It is a microcosm of the city of Colombo itself. It represents the city’s transformation from the times of the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonisers, the advent of various religions and finally the influence of present day architecture. It is a landscape that has transformed with time.

Also featured is the project of the CDB bank and corporate office by Shayan Kumaradas, a modern building in bustling Maradana. The architect has created an oasis within which clients and staff can work together seamlessly. The design adds a personal touch seeking to emulate the theme that the bank is one that caters to individuals and not just corporates. While its façade is a fresh and modern inclusion to the unrefined urban landscape of Maradana, the interior personifies the emotions of care and understanding.

The project of Sigiriya Jungles by Vinod Jayasinghe too demonstrates the connection between landscape and design. With the historic rock fortress as a backdrop, the design draws from ancient architecture. Sigiriya, the ancient ruins of Anuradhapura and the wooden Bogoda bridge re-emerge in this design. It is interesting to note that many hotels and structures have chosen to embrace the influence of the rock fortress and camouflage the rough terrain. Despite modern facilities dominating the interiors, the design of the exterior builds on ancient aesthetics and principles.

Also included is the construction of the IJhal in Amsterdam, an extension added to the 19th Century train station to accommodate the city’s population and increasing number of tourists. In Confetti, we take a look at Jean Nouvel’s furnishing designs where he speaks about the important social role of design. A Way of Working narrates the story of Tullio Pericoli, where the illustrator talks about his life’s experiences.


JANUARY 15 - FEBRUARY 15, 2017

Table of Contents

Cover: a side elevation of Sigiriya
Jungles (below) designed by
architect Vinod Jayasinghe

Author Designer   Title
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Transforming landscapes
Nicola Di Battista
Continuing to make Rome
Jean Nouvel
My architect-designed furniture
Tullio Pericoli
A way of working
David Robson
Shayan Kumaradas
CDB Bank and Corporate Office
Vinod Jayasinghe
Sigiriya Jungles
Wiel Arets Architects
IJhal, Amsterdam
Yomal Senerath-Yapa
Colombo 2
Pier Luigi Sacco
Reinhabiting the land
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