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.