Tuesday, August 11, 2009

bungalow, Kadawala, Avissawella (cSLa #11)

Bungalow, Kadawala, Avissawella, by Archt Palinda Kannangara. Photos by my mate Waruna Gomis. (who else!)
This is the first, The Bungalow of  a 3 building cluster development at site. Others to follow!
1. The Bungalow
2. The Office
3. The Mini Hydro Power Plant

Glass box vs ‘tropical architecture’.

Glass box, the greatest enemy of tropical architecture!
Even though these exact words are never used how many times, the lectures, preaches and share holders of tropical architecture, time and again have reminded and implied us at seminar and branded in to students minds ‘the glass box’ as the greatest sin of tropical architecture.

It is a pity that it took us so long to think of “glass box as tropical architecture”. Isn’t the inherent transparency of glass the best way to acknowledge continuity of lush green backgrounds of the tropics and the illusion of weightlessness best way to counterbalance the inherent heaviness of the tropical atmosphere?

Ah, I forgot to mention a couple of other things that u often hear at seminars and lectures , steel ……………… will corrode, trees ……………. don’t cut them.

I just think this project as a wonderful example of using these 3 materials in a tropical context.


  1. Very impressive. Just love that stark bedroom shot.

    See that it uses fans to keep it cool. How do the open glass and direct sunlight affect interior temeratures.

    Ar there mechanism to control, e.g. light sensitive glass.

  2. @Just love that stark bedroom shot. - Capturing architecture could sometimes be as difficult as making it!. Thanks to Waruna and those who make ultra wide angle lenses at Nikon.

  3. This is picture perfect.

    However this whole 'Minimalist Thing' in contemporary Srilankan architectural scene is rather worrying.

    Does this mean that architects are now incapable or in fear of dealing with the full set of tools and techniques that are at their disposal?

  4. minimalism ish shexy! thatsh why!

  5. Absolutely remarkable......Sri Lanka has some talent.......bravo.

  6. his is a comfortable unit with a double bed and a sleeper couch.

  7. is this place given on rent or private own only? would love to go there for a weekend..

  8. That madawala looks awesome!
    I can just imagine the sweet sound of mosquito's and the sweeter smell of gojuru's filling up my nostrils! this is bliss!

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