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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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JUNE 15 - JULY 15, 2017 Issue

The arid north of the island has its own style of architecture. In this issue we take a look at the traditional Jaffna house that reflects the way of life and the livelihood of the people of the region. These houses have been strongly influenced by Dutch and British styles of architecture.

In 'Feedback' is featured the Dalada Maligawa of Kandy which serves as a prime source of architectural and design motivation in Sri Lanka. The abode of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha is paid tribute to with art, while its security has been guaranteed through various architectural detail. Constructed during a time of much external pressure, the structure is situated strategically, with the features of the land used for its protection.

In the Projects section is featured the Aqua Villa design in New Delhi, a concept by Studio Symbiosis. The project is located in the 'Lutyens Bungalow Zone' which has by far the strictest guidelines for approval. The architects have focused on a model of a sensitive building, sitting in harmony with its surroundings. Solar studies have been an integral part of the design process to ensure ambient lighting and shadow condition on the sundeck as well as inside the villa.

Other international articles include a tribute to the ideal of Domus Italy’s original editor-in-chief Gio Ponti: 'The pride of Italian work'. ‘At Design School: The Italian Road to Design’, recollects the journey of Domus Academy, the first postgraduate design school in Italy. The school’s model has been adopted across the world. ‘Learning inside the Kite’ studies the school complex in Fontaniva, Padua, which has become an important piece of architecture. Here forward-thinking ideas have been grafted to an area that is by no means peripheral in terms of quality of housing and landscape.

'Art on the Move’ is an account on the three subway stations in Naples, where art is decentralised and spread out around the city. The city is designed around the ideal of enjoying art inadvertently during the rush of the mundane and everyday aspects of life.

The international Confetti article, ‘Create a System and Listen to All Areas of Italy’, by Emanuele Orsini, the new president of FederLegno Arredo, assess Italy’s furniture and building business, which is made up of almost 3,000 companies. He further gives an overview of the revamped organisation of the federation, now ready to focus on listening and exchanging ideas.


JUNE 15 - JULY 15, 2017

Table of Contents

Cover:The Sri Dalada Maligawa –
the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
(right) in Kandy is a symbol of
Sri Lankan architecture.

Author Designer   Title
BT Options
Listen to the land
Nicola Di Battista
Domus Italy
On freedom
Keshini de Silva
The dwellings of Jaffna
Emanuele Orsini
Create a system and listen
to all areas of Italy
C + S Architects
Manilo Brusatin
Learning inside The Kite
Vanni Pasca
At design school
Cettina Lenza
Art on the move
Studio Symbiosis
Aqua Villa, Delhi
Keshini de Silva
Dalada Maligawa