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August 8, 2012

Coming of Age: Contemporary architecture in Srilanka

Contemporary Srilankan architecture has been successful in continuing the legacy left by master Geoffrey Bawa. There are a handful of projects which are truly international yet rooted firmly on the country’s rich tradition. The vocabularies, in most cases, are unmistakably modern, but the spaces and details reflect local sensitivities.

I thought to share one recent project representing the impressive body of works from Srilanka. The project is in itself a case study of housing in warm humid tropical climate.

The project is a Holiday Bungalow for Mr. Sanjeewa Maddumage at Mathale Sri Lanka, built in 2009 by Architect Thisara Thanapathy (he won the prestigious Geoffrey Bawa award 2010/2011 for Excellence in Architecture).

Framed view

Entrance walkway


View from bedroom

Vertical circulation

Dining and kitchen area

Living space

The site extend is 30 Acres and the floor area is 3000 sq.ft. (images courtesy : Architect’s website)


  1. Nice,
    Ar. Palinda Kannangara's Architecture also share more or less same vocabulary of Thisara Thanapathy. Different from these but the works of Anjalendran too are great examples of Tropical Modernism.


    1. Gadhi, thanks for chipping in..!

      You are absolutely right. In fact, I was in a real dilemma to choose between projects Thisara and palinda to represent contemporary Srilankan architecture. All of em are doing fabulous projects. I am more happy to see that clients are willing to take the chances.

      I guess we have a lot to catch up..! ;)