Monday, November 29, 2010

another retirement home in another country

I  wasted a little bit of time on the web while reading the comments for my last post and came across this. Thought it would be interesting.

A place to die for.
A retirement home for a philosopher on the hills of Peru. Find more info here.

"A hill in Pachacamac, located 40 km south of Lima near Peru’s coast, is the site for the retirement home of a philosopher. The response to the site’s conditions was to bury the house, trying to create a balanced dialogue between architecture and landscape"

Architects: Longhi Architects
Location: Pachacamac, Peru  

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

winners of 2010 aga khan award for architecture

Winners of 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
The five winners of the prestigious 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture will be announced today at a ceremony in Doha, Qatar. The projects range in scope and purpose, from an urban revitalization scheme in Tunisia to a small school in rural China.

Recipients of the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Bridge School, Xiashi, Fujian, China
Wadi Hanifa Wetlands, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Revitalisation of the Hypercentre of Tunis, Tunisia
Madinat Al-Zahra Museum, Cordoba, Spain
Ipekyol Textile Factory, Edirne, Turkey

Info via architectural record
photos via Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Holcim Awards "Next Generation" 1st prize 2008 Europe
Production and ecological cluster, New Haven, UK
Winner: Semini Pabodha Samarasinghe

The Holcim Awards is an international competition of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. The competition celebrates innovative, future-oriented and tangible sustainable construction projects and visions from around the globe and provides prize money of USD 2 million per three-year competition cycle.

The Holcim Awards (main) category of the competition is open to architects, planners, engineers, project owners, builders and construction firms that showcase sustainable responses to technological, environmental, socioeconomic and cultural issues affective contemporary building and construction. Projects are eligible for the competition if they have reached an advanced stage of design and construction (or commercial production in the case of materials, products and construction technologies) had not started before July 1, 2010.

Monday, November 15, 2010


Bambakanda and Diyaluma, talles and second tallest waterfalls in Sri Lanka.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sunday, November 7, 2010

small chapel, tewatte, ragama (cSLa #35)

This small chapel; which is fondly known as 'pumpkin chapel' (වට්ටක්කා පල්ලිය) is situated behind the Tewatte Basilica. Does anybody know who the achitect / engineer of this chapel.
Architect: Unknown (If anyone knows who the architect is, please add as a comment)
Photos: Janaka Dharmasena

And here are a couple of photographs of the Basilica itself. again I'd hope somebody will enlighten us on the architecture and the architect of this monument.

face of sydney

Using specialist techniques, thousands of portraits of individual people have been compacted to provide a representative male and female “look” for the 160,000 residents of Sydney’s City of Villages.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

sevenby3's De Facto photographer

When I started Sevenby3, my idea was to write on architecture and write a lot. But after a while I realized that is never going to happen and I ascribed  it mainly to lack of time on my part, despite knowing that even if I had all the time in this world still I am not going to write much . I am not going to write much because I am a lousy writer. Everybody is good at something and in my case unfortunately, writing does not fall in to that category.

Therefore at that time I had two good choices; to write lousy or let this blog go the way most blogs go. TO let it silently go into dormancy. But then Waruna started supporting the blog with his cool photographs (His photographs are way too cool than him though he prefers to think its the other way round). 

So the existence of the sevenby3 today is a credit to Waruna’s contributions to it as much as my efforts towards forming it. So to celebrate to this somewhat accidental  blogging partnership we decided to shoot Lunuganga, Waruna with his cool Leica M9 and me with my cool Sony Ericsson mobile phone (to keep up with my lousy writing).

If you want to filter Waruna’s work, you can do so by clicking the ‘WG’ tag under “LABELS” on the right hand side-panel. 

So here are the photographs from Waruna.

And from me. This is me being very clever, just staying behind Waruna and trying to take the 'same photo'. People think imitations is the sincerest form of flattery, but believe me it works..........

....... and you can take good photos also, sometimes......... accidentally.