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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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OCTOBER 15 - NOVEMBER 15, 2017 Issue

This issue highlights the path Sri Lankan design has taken from ancient periods to the 21st century. Over the course of time, the rich, traditional architectural heritage that Sri Lanka has been endowed with has been touched by numerous influences, from within its shores as well as the Greater Asian region and Europe.

The Feedback section thus focuses on the southern city of Matara, which offers a glimpse into the architectural heritage of the country. This important coastal town has been home to a number of authors, poets and other artistic personae who have been as instrumental in forming the cultural and aesthetic elements of the city and its hinterlands as have Asian and European influences.

Featured under Projects is Kumaon, the boutique hotel built in the mountainous Uttarakhand Province of India, and designed by Sri Lankan architects Pradeep Kodikara and Jineshi Samaraweera. Also featured is Thanuj Goonewardena’s architectural transformation of a nearly hundred-year-old house into a relaxing boutique hotel, inspiration for its décor drawn from the 1920s.

In Confetti, ‘The Elusive Identity of Japanese Architecture’ is an article about the exhibition organised by Frédéric Migayrou and Yuki Yoshikawa at the Centre Pompidou Metz. It explores the special elements that link the creations of the greatest Japanese architects of the post-war period to the cultural specificities of their country. The other international article, ‘Fragile City’, analyses the city, the future of which regards not only its architecture, urban planning, environment and territorial engineering, but also the ability to plan and govern change by tackling issues in a logical and multi-disciplinary way.


OCT 15 - NOV 15, 2017

Table of Contents

Cover: a sketch (right) of an early
elevation study of a chalet of the
Kumaon in Almora in India by
Sri Lankan architects Pradeep
Kodikara and Jineshi Samaraweera.

Author Designer   Title
BT Options
Encouraging heritage art
Nicola Di Battista
Domus Italy
Towards a cultural movement
Frédéric Migayrou
The elusive identity of
Japanese architecture
Roberto Vanacore
The fragile city
Keshini De Silva
Thanuj Goonewardena
55TG Colombo
Zowa Architects
(Pradeep Kodikara and
Jineshi Samaraweera)
The Kumaon in Almora in
Uttarakhand, India
Kulanthi Silva