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Post-Tsunami Housing, Kirinda, Sri Lanka
Design: Shigeru Ban Architects
Post-Tsunami Housing Sri Lanka
photo : Shu He

Post-Tsunami Housing Sri Lanka – 1 May 2013
This project provides 100 houses in a Muslim fishing village, in the region of Tissamaharama, on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, following the destruction caused by the 2004 tsunami.

School by the Lagoon, Ampara, eastern Sri Lanka
Architects: Chinthaka Wickramage Associates
School Building Sri Lanka
photo from architects

School by the Lagoon – 12 Apr 2013
The Two thousand Four boxing day tsunami was the worst natural disaster to hit Sri Lanka in living memory. For a country already reeling from a two and a half decade old war the timing of the tsunami could not have been worse. The East and South coasts of Sri Lanka were totally devastated with 40,000 human casualities in addition to the colossal damage caused to the road network, bridges, harbours, schools etc.

Holistic Learning and Empowerment Facilities, Mankulam, northern Sri Lanka
Mankulam site
picture from Article 25
Sri Lankan Community Building : Montly Report from Article 25 – 19 Jul 2011
The Sri Lankan civil war between the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) and the Sri Lankan Government was one of the most drawn out and tragic conflicts of modern times. Almost 30 years of fighting, much of which was fought in the North of the country, has resulted in over 100,000 deaths with thousands more displaced. Since peace was declared in May 2009 much of the North has remained closed as de-mining action occurs; however, new reductions in security have resulted in many new development opportunities becoming available for northern Sri Lanka.

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IFRC Community Centre
Chinthaka Wickramage Associates
IFRC Community Centre
image from architect

IFRC Community Centre
This Building was designed as a community center for a tsunami affected community in Southern Sri Lanka. Located in a Buddhist temple premises the community center was donated by an international humanitarian organization international federation of red cross and red crescent societies as a token of gratitude towards the chief monk of the temple who helped Tsunami effected communities in Southern Sri Lanka.

Madiwela House, Colombo, western Sri Lanka
Architects: Chinthaka Wickramage Associates
Madiwela House
photograph from Chinthaka Wickramage Associates
Madiwela House Colombo
This new Sri Lankan house was designed for a doctor couple nearing retirement, who wanted to move into this small compact residence by a paddy field in suburban Colombo. This 150 square meter site was located at an end of a slope overlooking a panoramic view of paddy fields and distant trees. The residence was designed as a split level house with living dining hall in ground floor and master bedroom upper floor overlooking the paddy fields while service areas like kitchen, car port tucked on to the hill away from the paddy fields.

Belihuloya Mountains House
Chinthaka Wickramage Associates
Belihuloya Mountains House
photograph from architect

Belihuloya Mountains House
This Sri Lankan retirement home was designed as a ‘discreet hideaway look-out’ for clients who wanted to spend there retirement in quite solitude amongst the mountains. The house was built on stilts avoiding expensive retaining wall foundation systems to keep costs down as this was to be there second house. The House was built on stilts on reinforced concrete column and beam structure with upper level out of ‘Teak’ timber deck and Lower level out of ‘NERD’ pre cast slab system to minimize the load on the RCC Column & Beam structural skeleton.

Sri Lankan Architecture

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Sri Lanka Buildings. We aim to include projects that are either of top quality or interesting, or ideally both.

We cover completed buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across Sri Lanka. The focus is on contemporary buildings but information on traditional buildings is also welcome.

Major Sri Lanka Architecture Projects, alphabetical:

Ayurveda Pavilions – retreat, Negombo
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Geoffrey Bawa Architect

Blue Water Hotel, Wadduwa, south of Columbo
1997
Geoffrey Bawa
Sri Lankan building damaged by the Asian tsunami at end of 2004

British High Commission, Colombo
2008
Richard Murphy Architects
Sri Lankan Building
photo from architects

Sri Lankan Building

Ceylinco Sussex College, Horana, western Sri Lanka
Architects: Chinthaka Wickramage Associates
Ceylinco Sussex College Horana
photograph : Waruna Gomis
Ceylinco Sussex College Horana
The Site is located in Horana, overlooking the paddy fields. The brief made the project a challenging task, as it required the school to be housed in one building with classes from grade one up to O/L, a science lab, staff rooms, toilet blocks, a play area and assembly hall- which could accommodate the entire school.

Cinnamon Hill House & garden, Lunuganga, Bentota, Galle, south Sri Lanka
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Geoffrey Bawa

Ena de Silva House, Colombo
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Geoffrey Bawa

Kandalama Hotel, Dambulla, Central Province
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Geoffrey Bawa

Poruwadanda Wooden Toy Factory, Sri Lanka

Architects: Chinthaka Wickramage Associates
Poruwadanda Toy Factory
photograph : Waruna Gomis
Poruwadanda Wooden Toy Factory
The project was to build a Wooden Toy Factory on an abandoned Rubber estate, by a joint venture between a Norwegian investor and a Sri Lankan partner, with the toy products expected to be exported to the Nordic and Scandinavian Countries. Norwegian client was to close down his wooden toy manufacturing facility in Czechoslovakia due to high labor cost in Europe and relocate the machinery and equipment to Sri Lanka, taking advantage of the tax concessions and investment incentives provided by the Sri Lankan Board of Investment, and Sri Lankan competitive labor market.

Rocell Bathware Concept Centre Building Refurbishment, Nawala, Sri Lanka
Architects: Chinthaka Wickramage Associates
Rocell Bathware Concept Centre Sri Lanka
photograph : Waruna Gomis
Rocell Bathware Concept Centre in Nawala
The architects’ brief was to “convert an existing dilapidated Car Showroom Service Centre, to a Rocell Bathware Concept Centre, an elegant and stylish living space, with the task of stimulating and inspiring visitors was a challenging task”. This Corner Block Site, bordering two roads, was once open to the Main Nawala Narahenpita road side only. We decided to open up the Concept Centre Showroom to both the Main Nawala – Narahenpita Road Side and to the adjoining Jasmine Park Road Side with the use of generous double height glazing on both sides, creating an imposing glass façade.

RPL Factory – Canteen Recreaton and Rest Room Building, Horana, western Sri Lanka
Architects: Chinthaka Wickramage Associates
RPL Factory Building
photograph : Waruna Gomis
RPL Factory Horana
This project was to design a Canteen, Recreation and Restroom building for Royal Porcelain Factory in Horana in a newly acquired six (06) perch block of land adjoining the Factory Premises. The Building was designed capturing the architectural idiom of the Factory building itself with a monitor roof in the centre. Due to space constraints the building was to be two leveled. The resultant section designed with a monitor roof in the centre enabled the restrooms and recreation room to be located in the mezzanine level overlooking partly double height canteen area.

St Bridget’s Montessori School Building
1963
Geoffrey Bawa with Laki Senanayake; murals by Barbara Sansoni

Sri Lankan Parliament – Buildings, Kotte
1983
Geoffrey Bawa

Unawatuna
2005
Daniel Libeskind Architects

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Indian Architecture
Indian Architecture
image from architects

Other Geoffrey Bawa Projects in Sri Lanka:

Triton, Ahungalla
Serendib, Bentota
Neptune, Beruwela
Sinbad, Kalutara
Lighthouse Hotel, Galle

Sri Lankan Architect : Geoffrey Bawa

Malaysian Buildings
Petronas Towers Malaysia
photo © Tom Ravenscroft

Thailand Architecture
Thailand Airport
photo : Rainer Viertlböck

Indonesian Buildings
Bali building
photograph : Tim Griffith

Seychelles Building
Four Seasons Seychelles
image from architects

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