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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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APRIL 15 - MAY 15, 2017 Issue

This issue features two leisure projects that have demonstrated the ability of a design to adapt to cater to needs and trends that emerge decades subsequent to completion. The design of the Blue Water Hotel, the final project of the great architect Geoffrey Bawa, has afforded the client the ability to seamlessly adapt the structure to cater to the evolving requirements of the industry. The 20th century architecture has since the 2000s been modified to suit the 21st century needs while keeping the ‘vernacular architecture’ and ‘tropical modernism’, which are in its very essence. The other Project described is the JW Marriott Hotel of the South Beach Development, Singapore by Foster + Partners. It is a design that exudes lavish contemporary vibrancy, fused with the concepts of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

Also featured is the Fab Urban Kitchen by Russell Dandeniya, a “Really Green” project that met client requirements brilliantly with innovative thinking. In Confetti is featured ‘Gio Ponti and The Parco Dei Principi’, focusing on a display of Ponti’s beloved ceramic tiles at the Triennale di Milano. This provides designers the opportunity to peruse his design for the Parco Dei Principi Hotel in Sorrento and its restoration with an adjustment to adapt to standards in norms and technology to which today’s places of public hospitality must comply. The ‘Art Bio Farm’ in Tokyo, a large green area adjacent to a spa hotel north of Tokyo, has allowed architect Junya Ishigami to stretch the limits of the park genre as he creates a vast jigsaw puzzle of people and ponds, trees and plants.

In “My Favourite Lamp?, the Next One” Carlo Urbinati, the President of Foscarini, talks about his own “unrestricted” entrepreneurial approach in employing all forms of materials and new technology as well as how all-round innovation and a feel for craftsmanship even three decades on continues to be the company’s trademarks.

‘My World’ describes the creative voyage of Mario Bellini as he exhibits at the Triennale di Milano, Milan. Held 30 years following his exhibition at the MoMA in New York, in this new exposition Bellini explores a different method and manner of exhibiting architecture.

Feedback features the colonial architecture of planters' bungalows and how they are still maintained in the cool Tea Country of Sri Lanka.


APRIL 15 - MAY 15, 2017

Table of Contents

Cover: A sketch of the front
elevation (right) of the spa
designed by architect Channa
Daswatte, an addition to The
Blue Water Hotel designed by
the late Geoffrey Bawa.

Author Designer   Title
BT Options
The subsequent design
Nicola Di Battista
Domus Italy
On imagination
Fabrizio Mautone
Gio Ponti
Gio Ponti and the Parco dei Principi
Junya Ishigami
Art Bio Farm
Keshini de Silva
Geoffrey Bawa
Channa Daswatte, MICD Associates
The Blue Water Hotel, Wadduwa
Yomal Senarath-Yapa
Russell Dandeniya
Fab Urban Kitchen, Ratmalana
Carlo Urbinati
My favourite lamp? The next one
Mario Bellini
My world
Foster + Partners
The South Beach Development, Singapore
Keshini de Silva
Tea Country