The New Sri Lankan House

The New Sri Lankan House

by Robert Powell | photography by Sebastian Posingis
Introductory Essays by David Robson
ISBN 9789810913533
280 mm X 260 mm
Hardback with Jacket; 224 pages
Pub Date: Feb 2015

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 and sections, full-colour 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. In addition, introductory essays by renowned author-architect David Robson set Powell’s observations within the wider context of the history of architectural development in Sri Lanka. Whether an architect, designer or simply somebody who enjoys looking at beautiful homes, THE NEW SRI LANKAN HOUSE will both educate and entertain.

The Author
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).

The Photographer
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, New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Geo Magazine, International Herald Tribune and Conde Nast Traveller.

The Introduction
David Robson is an architect, academic and writer. He is the biographer of Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa having published three books — BAWA: The Complete Works (2003), Beyond Bawa (2005) and Bawa: The Sri Lankan Gardens (2009). He is also the author of Anjalendran: An Architect of Sri Lanka (2011).

We are pleased to share with you some media clippings on the book.

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka Plus
Ceylon Today

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