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The New Sri Lankan House

The New Sri Lankan House

By Robert Powell, Illustrated by Sebastian Posingis


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The New Sri Lankan House charts the development of private houses in the 21st century in a variety of locations around the island. Most are the work of 'home-grown' architects, many of whom are indebted to the influence of the island's most famous son, Geoffrey Bawa. Through the inclusion of plans, sections and elevations, full-color photographs and interviews with owners and architects, Powell traces the evolution of residence styles in both urban and rural areas. Of paramount importance are sustainability and suitability to site and climate, topics that Powell investigates in depth. Whether an architect, designer or simply somebody who enjoys looking at beautiful homes, The New Sri Lankan House will both educate and entertain.

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Format: Hardcover
Publication: June 2015
ISBN: 9781780675749
Robert Powell is an architect, city planner and writer. He was Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, National University of Singapore from 1990 to 2001 and editor of Singapore Architect (1997—1999). He is the author of more than 30 books including The Tropical Asian House (1993), Singapore Houses (2010), The Modern Thai House (2012) and Contemporary Houses in the Philippines (2014).

Sebastian Posingis spent much of his childhood in Sri Lanka and India and gained a degree in anthropology from the University of Canterbury in the UK before turning to his first love as an architectural photographer. His clients have included the Four Seasons hotel group, Waldorf Astoria and Conrad Hotels & Resorts. His work has also appeared in Der Spiegel, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, Geo Magazine, The International Herald Tribune and Conde Nast Traveller. This is his fist book.