Sri Lanka

In this issue Domus Sri Lanka features the combination of Northern vernacular architecture and colonial design in Jaffna; a feedback on the Dalada Maligawa Complex and a survey on “The pride of Italian work”.

Domus Sri Lanka, June–July 2017

As an expression of Sri Lanka’s architectural inheritance and its consistent influence on modern times, Domus Sri Lanka June 15 - July 15, 2017 explores unique architectural landscapes.

The feature on traditional Jaffna houses portrays the distinct Dutch and British architectural styles that can be seen in these dwellings. The combination of Northern vernacular architecture and colonial design continues to appear in modern and minimalistic architecture.

In Feedback, Dalada Maligawa in the citadel of Kandy, the abode of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha, is featured as a prime source of architectural and design motivation in Sri Lanka. Structures of the Dalada Maligawa Complex showcase Kandyan artistry while narrating the history through the architectural detail that strategically contributed to secure the sacred relic.

This issue also discusses the Aqua Villa design in New Delhi by Studio Symposium. This model was developed through a study of the traditional building typologies of the region and it is a harmonious interaction between the design parameters of movement patterns, interaction between the built and landscape and solar studies.

The international articles featured in this issue of Domus Sri Lanka consist the underlying theme of “The pride of Italian work”, which is also a tribute to the ideal of Domus Italy’s original editor-in-chief Gio Ponti.

‘At Design School the Italian Road to Design’ is a recollection of the journey of Domus Academy, the first postgraduate design school in Italy. ‘Learning inside The Kite’ studies the school complex in Fontaniva, Padua which is an important piece of architecture. This building effectively manages to distribute equal emphasise to detail in order to create a space that is ideal for an educational institute.

In the international Confetti article, ‘Create a System Listen to All Areas of Italy’, Emanuele Orsini, access Italy’s furniture and building business. He further gives an overview of the revamped organisation of the Federation that allowed them to exchange ideas and thereupon create a strong link between universities and production industry.

‘Art on the Move’ is an account on the three subway stations in Naples, where art is decentralised and spread out around the city. As Cetina Lenza elaborates, Naples is a city of art and a walk across the buzzling cityscape is rewarded by an impressive collaboration of art and life.

Domus Sri Lanka, June–July 2017, cover
Domus Sri Lanka, June–July 2017, cover

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