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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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FEBRUARY 15 - MARCH 15, 2017 Issue

Featured in this issue of Domus is an energy efficient project by Palinda Kannangara: a staff lodging within a wind power plant in Jaffna completely operating on clean energy while minimising its use of energy through natural ventilation and light. Insulation and glazing moderate the temperature within the building, especially considering the dry zone environment in which it exists. Thus, both in design and concept, the structure represents a new and timely approach to construction in Sri Lanka. Also featured is German designer Werner Aisslinger, who considers designing ecologically sound items to be an integral part of his role as a designer. Through technological innovation and experimentation with ecological materials, he envisages the creation of a more sustainable way of life.

Feedback focuses on the transforming landscape around the Diyawanna Oya. The convergence of the area's administrative and suburban functions coexists with its all-important environmental purpose. The Energy Hub, in Elephant Park, London (UK), which is tipped to be one of the most sustainable urban regeneration projects in the world, is also featured. While providing a range of public services, the project follows innovative sustainable energy principles.

The Rassegna section throws light on sustainable building, with a clear message on rethinking architecture whilst placing importance on the harmonious relationship with nature. It introduces new techniques that have been birthed out of the focus for a more conscious design approach.

In the Projects section of this issue is featured Villa Saffron, the first hotel by veteran Sri Lankan architect C Anjalendran. Set in the coastal area popular among tourists, Hikkaduwa, the villa is a microcosm of the Island's indigenous design and architectural heritage. As described by Prof David Robson, “the choice of materials and the subtle furnishing summon up the genius of the place and make it abundantly clear that this is an oasis in Sri Lanka”.

The Confetti section includes an article on the Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Technische Universitat in Vienna, which has the ambitious goal of training versatile specialists competent in design. Also featured is a Domus Italy visit to the Tubes factory in Veneto, Italy that has, for over 25 years, been introducing design to the unexplored field of radiators.


FEBRUARY 15 - MARCH 15, 2017

Table of Contents

Cover: a sketch (right) of the sunburst
pattern at the Oculus Jaffna designed
by architect Palinda Kannangara

Author Designer   Title
BT Options
Adapting to climate change
Nicola Di Battista
Domus Italy
For a theory of design
Duggan Morris Architects
Energy hub, Elephant Park, London, Great Britain
Cristiano Crosetta
A question of form
David Robson
C. Anjalendran
Villa Saffron, Hikkaduwa
Palinda Kannangara
Oculus Jaffna
Werner Aisslinger
Future Wonderland
Keshini de Silva
Diyawanna Oya
Luciano Canfora
A historical-utopian aside
Centro Studi Domus
Sustainable building