Sunday, June 28, 2009

Road Manners for Idiots

Last Saturday whilst on Galle road somewhere around Rathmalana, an idiot was honking behind me like mad. I was about to make a right, and was on the correct lane. Completely pissed off, I slowed down to see who this was. Two people completely covered with coats on a motorcycle, their gloves were the only indicator that they were traffic police. I ddint say word after seeing the gloves, and the bugger started blagarding me saying "you should move your car when WE tell you to do so... I said I was about to make a right turn. Taking no notice they continued with their verbal thrashing.
My wife was like, what the hell was all that about?...she didnt even know that they were coppers.
I still dont know what I did to make those guys so aggressive. It wasnt like I did anything wrong. I guess its just the way of the police.
Anyway, This web site was forwarded to me by a friend of mine. A new concept for driving in Sri Lanka. Check

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Street Child: An Urban Product

This, an advertisement placed at colpetty (In front of Liberty Plaza) aiming at educating people on the importance of keeping children off the street, is a good example of urbanity seeking ways to answer some of the problems it itself has created.

Below find a strikingly similar campaign by "Aseema" a nother organisation which provides education for Street and Unprivileged Children in Mumbai.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sri Lanka: Small Miracle

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Flexible Solar Powered Rooftop Shingles

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland have developed flexible solar panels that could be installed on roofs like shingles. This technology was originally used to protect flat panel televisions from dampness.They used to cover television screen with transparent, thin films that acted as barriers. These transparent thin film barriers are now becoming the basis for flexible solar panels that would be installed on roofs like shingles. These flexible rooftop solar panels are known as building-integrated photovoltaics, or BIPVs. They could replace today’s boxy solar panels. We all know that current solar panels are made with rigid glass or silicon and mounted on thick metal frames. If we compare present solar panels and flexible solar shingles we will find the later ones less expensive to install than current panels and made to last 25 years.

This technology was developed by PNNL in 1990s. They consider utilizing this technology in fifteen possible ways. One of it was solar power. But when Vitex Systems licensed the technology from Battelle, it refocused its goals. They saw potential and commercial success in developing ultra-barrier films for flat-panel displays, such as televisions. Now Vitex and PNNL, which is operated by Battelle for the Department of Energy, are reorienting the use of ultra-barrier films. The time might be right for them to exploit the current alternative energy scenario. Mark Gross, a PNNL senior scientist, explains “There’s a lot of wasted space on rooftops that could actually be used to generate power. Flexible solar panels could easily become integrated into the architecture of commercial buildings and homes. Solar panels have had limited success because they’ve been difficult and expensive to install.”

The encapsulation process and the ultra-barrier film - called Barix™ Encapsulation and Barix™ Barrier Film, correspondingly - are already established and efficient moisture barriers. Now researchers are trying to find out a technology that could be successfully implemented to solar panels. The research work will be undertaken by Vitex and Battelle. It will be done under a cooperative research and development agreement recently signed by Vitex and Battelle. Battelle is the majority shareholder of Vitex, based in San Jose, California. Currently researchers are engaged in creating low-cost flexible barrier films and they are evaluating substrate materials for solar panels that can survive sunshine, rain and hail for decades. They will also work out the details of manufacturing process for large-scale production.

PNNL’s research will be funded by DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technology Commercialization Fund. The estimated cost of the project willbe $350,000 . A commercial match to the funding is required, and Vitex will provide up to $350,900 in labor, equipment and materials. If this project is completed successfully, this progression will decrease solar panel manufacturing costs to less than $1 per watt of power, which would be competitive with the 10 cents per kilowatt-hour that a utility would charge.

“Vitex is proud to continue its long, successful relationship with PNNL,” said Martin Rosenblum, Vitex’s vice president of operations and engineering. “Vitex is excited to further its Barix™ technology’s proven barrier performance for photovoltaics toward mass manufacturing. Together, we look forward to creating a product that will help alleviate America’s dependence on foreign oil and increase America’s access to an abundant renewable energy source - the sun.”

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Appallagoda Ambalama

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The magnificent wonders, that our island of paradise holds are beyond the comprehension of even the minds of Sri Lankans. Sri Lanka in its true meaning is an island of paradise, which boasts of every form of art known to man. Among these, indigenous Architecture reign supreme.

In the early periods of Lankan history Ambalamas were used as traditional resting places. Though now in pitiful state remnants of their former glory cannot be hidden from a wandering eye.

Appallagoda Ambalama is situated in a rural environment in the village known as Appallagoda which lies 6 km from Kandy town and the nearest town being marassana, which is 1 km away.

The Appallagoda Ambalama, which was built in 1922 is known to be the largest stone made Ambalama in Kandy. It has a floor area of approximately 80 square meters and it measures 5.6 meters from floor to pinnacle. The roof is supported by two sets of stone columns, 12 externally and 4 internally. Inside, around the ambalama there are seats made out of stone. Especially in an area such as Kandy, cast differences play a vital role in the management of society. This is depicted by the level change seen in the seating area. at the top of the roof thee is a brass pinnacle which symbolizes the architectural pattern of that period. A prominent feature of this Ambalama is the stone “pinthäliya” which is situated in front of the Ambalama. Another prominent feature is the two broken stone columns in the north-eastern side of the Ambalama. The villagers in the area say that this was done deliberately when the Ambalama was built in order to ward off inauspicious omens.

Appallagoda ambalama was built in 1922 when Sri Lanka was still under British rule. The villagers say that the structure was built in order to house traveling trade parties, which were apparently abundant in this era. Although there aren’t any written documentation on this ambalama (maybe due to the fact that ,it is a fairly recent addition to the list of ambalamas in SriLanka) the village folk say that the ambalama was built under the orders of the “arrachchi” with the help of the villagers themselves. An interesting folktale revolves around the four names engraved in the four internal stone columns. It is said that these four names belonged to some “thugs” who were from the southern part of the island, apparently they had come to kandy with interests in commercial activity and settled down there. They had used their “thuggish powers” and engraved their names in the ambalama. Thus, those names of times by gone still remain unhampered by the winds of change.

Appallagoda ambalama is a colossal structure, which exhibits the power and glory of Sri Lankan Architecture. Though it may not be one of the oldest ambalamas in Sri Lanka it too has faced its share of our islands history and we think that it is our duty to help conserve these treasures of early Sri lankan architecture so that they may be appreciated by not only architects but by all of humanity.

Historic Ambalama left to mercy of elements

By Nimal Alagewatta

Meepe Ambalama, the 300 year old travellers’ rest at Meepe in Habaraduwa, has been left to the mercy of the elements without any attention being paid to it by the government or connoisseurs of ancient buildings and antiquities.

The historic Meepe Ambalama that should be protected as a national monument is today covered with the shrub jungle. The residents of the area request the Habaraduwa Pradeshiya Sabha to conserve this historic building for posterity.


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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Kandy City Center: Friend or Foe?

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Kandy City Centre" Commercial and Shopping Complex at Dalada Veediya, Kandy is the most modern commercial complex in Sri Lanka. The Complex is designed with ultra modern features yet preserving the iconic Kandyan architecture. With respect to this unique entrepreneurial marvel, The Board of Investment has granted the prestigious "Flagship Status" to this Project. Several leading banks, a fully equipped supermarket, a variety of restaurants, an entertainment zone, a well designed state of the art food court will also feature in the Complex. - Source

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The ten-storied complex designed by K.M.C. Architects of Singapore has two floors underground and is the first building in Sri Lanka constructed in this manner. -source
The local consultants for the project was Ashley De Vos Associates.

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I recently visited the KCC and even though had earlier read very critical comments on the design (and was partially in agreement) However after my visit I was slightly moved by this solution. Refer the official web site here for more details.

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download a document with critical comments on the design here (right click and save as)

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WOW! Aishani!

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Architect Aishani Jayasinghe was featured on the daily mirror w@w magazine 23-06-09. Earlier, Architects such as Professor weddikkara and Architect Nilakshi dharamawardena have been featured similarly.

By Jennifer Rodrigo

A parrot cannot be fed an egg instead of a mango and a snake cannot be given a mango instead of an egg; this would not be the most appropriate course of nature. Similar to the above fact, even in architecture, clients cannot be served out ideas and structures that don’t suit them and don’t cater to their comfort. This was the sentiment carried within this week’s cover personality. Meet Archt. Aishani Jayasinghe, a lady who’s happy with what she’s got in her life. “My biggest weakness, I think is that, I’m not too ambitious because I am content with all I have in my life at the moment!” she laughed.

The meeting with Aishani was couched with ease. Her parents’ pet dogs who seemed feisty on the outside but were in fact quite friendly within, sat round at our feet while we conversed. “When I approach any project, the technical aspect starts off with a brief of what the client wants. I then look at the land upon which the structure is to come up and the essence of character possessed by its surroundings. I also pay attention to the function of the place – Who’s going to occupy the place? What sort of people are they?” she explained. The final product, in Aishani’s mind is a space that’ll suit its users and provide comfort to them.


Aishani grew up amidst the subtle yet deeply profound influence of her parents, Prof. Nimal De Silva and Iranganie De Silva, who themselves are well recognized architects in Sri Lanka. “There was nothing intentional from them that propelled me to become and architect but listening to their comments and opinions on certain designs and their general talk about architecture, I guess the interest for the field was just deposited in me when I was very young,” she recalled. There began young Aishani’s enthusiasm for the field, although the manifestation of it didn’t occur for some years to come. Her father was the Head of the Department of Architecture at Moratuwa University at that time and Aishani reflected on how much she enjoyed tagging along with him on trips and study tours he took with his students, feasting her senses in the interesting activities the students took part in. After her O/L’s which she completed at Ladies College Colombo, she chose to pursue London A/L’s privately because she was working towards the opportunity of going abroad to learn Architecture. Following her bright tenure in school, being involved in many extra-curricular activities that brought out the talent and brilliance in her, Aishani entered the University of Hong Kong in 1998 where she read for her Bachelor of Arts degree in Architectural Studies.

Her schooling years at Ladies, she describes as ‘a period of limitless possibilities for all capabilities and achievements.’ Juggling between hockey, netball, athletics, basketball, rowing, swimming and water-polo, Teak-Won-Do, Debating and Chess, while maintaining a successful academic profile, being placed within the first three in every class, Aishani seems to have gained a bountiful scope of experience. “The School recommended me to go in for law; my bio teacher wanted me to pursue genetics; but finally when it came to university, I ended up selecting Architecture for which the diverse experience and right and left brain combination was extremely useful!” she smiled. Dancing was another stream Aishani loved and she made sure she pursued that too. While she studied Kandyan and Baratha Natyam dancing from a very early age, she also competed in Ballroom and Latin American dance competitions and got placed as well.

Aishani holds a M.Sc.(Architecture) from the University of Moratuwa, where her father presently serves as the Chair Professor at the Faculty of Architecture. She also holds a Part III-Charter -AIA (SL) from the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects. Houses, housing complexes, Tourism related buildings, Government administrative buildings, religious buildings, interior designs, building renovation designs and external landscape design are some of the areas within which Aishani works. She also worked as a full time lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture in Moratuwa for a couple of years in addition to having lectured at the Academy of Digital Arts, Sri Lanka and serving as teaching assistant at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute of Architecture (KRVIA), Bombay, India. At KRVIA, Aishani conducted research as well on the eastern water front development of Bombay.

Working at her father’s firm DEVECO architects Sri Lanka of which her mother too is partner, Aishani recollects fond memories. “I remember the first ever real thing I designed. It was when I was working at my father’s firm right after A-Levels before even entering university. It was the Bell Tower of the Naagadeepa Temple. I’m not even sure if it was built or not!” she enthused.

The eldest from a family of three, one boy and two girls, Aishani revealed that she was quite closer to her brother in age while their sister is server years younger. Nurtured amid the company of a ‘bunch of cousins’ who were predominantly male, she admits that the experience only paved way for greater confidence and strength within her. “I never felt ‘Oh, I can’t do that coz I’m a girl…’.” It seems like this feeling in Aishani travelled the length of time and resides in her even today. In a profession somewhat slanted towards the men, she voiced that when it comes to the challenge of being a female architect, it’s as challenging as being a good male architect. “If you know what you are doing, and if you have the talent, I don’t think gender matters when it comes to Architecture. What matters is how creative you are and how well you can play the professional role you need to play.” Aishani mother was the Chief Architect of the State Engineering Corporation for many years. While this was around thirty years back, when there were only a handful of female architects in the country, today, Aishani feels that there are more girls studying architecture at University than boys.


Having served as Project Architect for a numerous and varied collection of projects inclusive of Proposed Sports, Recreation and facility Building for Sri Lanka Government service sport society at Polhengoda, Proposed Youth university at Panadura, Infrastructure Development in the vicinity of Rawana Ella and Tourist Information Center in Bandarawela, she has also been in the Design Team for the Konkani Resort in Velneshwar , Rathnagiri, India, Ajanta Tourist Complex and Museum, Arungabad, India, Ellora Tourist Complex, Arungabad, India, Ajanta View Point, Arungabad, India and Mascot Hotel , Kerala –India. “I like what I do because it’s so ‘free’. It’s about conceiving a dream for someone else and making it real. You dream for others and you have the power of making it come true!” she said.

Married also to an architect, Nalin Jayasinghe, Aishani and her husband work together on some projects as well. It seemed all the more clear why her thriving interest in the field was kept alive by the company and influence of both her parents and her husband. Inspired by people, places, culture and nature for her work, Aishani explained that an architect should be able to see things without having to look, express what is felt and sensed in words, lines, motion and form, should be logical and irrational at the same time, should learn to relax in the most stressful moments and be creative rather than neurotic.

With a flexible schedule each day, Aishani admitted that she does have a variety of projects on her platter within which working as part of the Course development team for the new Architecture course which is to be commenced by the Open University of Sri Lanka, is one. “The more I have to do, the better I am at doing them!” she laughed.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sexing the Architecture

The watertower of Ypsilanti, Michigan [The Brick Dick]
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It is said that modern architecture is molded by the squire’s of the patriarchal society to represent its image as icons of civilization. However the once phallocentric architecture is now changing its rigidity in favor of a more feminine sensuality.

Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Centre by Zaha Hadid
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Preaching’s from Vitruvius’s 10 books on architecture to the modular man of Corbusier, have seem to be less favored in the eyes of Hadid’s lush and sensuous movements. However phallisism is yet to die off completely as designers such as Foster seem to pledge their hardcore alliance to the gargantuan temples of phallic gods, even though it should be questioned whether the once divine symbols depict the same quality as before.

The gherkin, london in the background by Norman Foster
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The phallic culture is defined by the rigidity, hardness, brutal and non-ornate styles that were omnipresent in the modern movement. The postmodernist such as ventury defied these set of rules and proclaimed the return to symbolism and ornate architecture, and set the stage for more illustrious projects of the deconstructivists.

Brooklyn's Williamsburgh Bank Building
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Now the question remains whether at present we create architecture of male supremacy, feminine sensuality or something totally different. If the phallic symbolization were to hold true the structures should obey the basic principles of being non-ornate, brutal beasts raging and ripping through the clouds. But when we take either the gherkin in London or the torre agbar in Barcelona they seem to have enough elegance to be dancing with the rays of light whilst playing amidst the heavens, which is far from how the symbols of patriarchal society should present themselves.

Florida State Capitol Building in Tallahassee
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As times changed cultural values have changed. The once clearly defined gender differentiation is lost in the brew of society, and it might be that these changes in values are seeping in to architecture as well. So the question we need to ask is whether similar to having male and female buildings are we also now having gay and lesbian buildings?

Torre Agbar building
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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Movies Architects should watch : Fountain Head

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I don't build in order to have clients. I have clients in order to build! - Howard Roark, Fountain head

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Fountain Head is by far one of the best movies that I have ever watched, transmitting the text from Ayn Rands, acclaimed novel of the same name a definite must watch for Architects.

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Inscribed within the initial passage of Ayn Rand’s objectivist novel, The Fountainhead, is the presentation of the ideal man incarnated as its architect hero Howard Roark who stands naked at the edge of a granite cliff. The novel portrayed its male protagonist as an architect, investing on the regnant cultural perception that the building auteur, like the structures they design, embody the very cult of manliness. Roark’s strong physique composed of “long, straight lines and angles, each curve broken into planes” (Rand 15), can be likened to a description of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater or a Corbusierian erection. Rand’s simulacrum of an architect as the archetypal man purports how culture re-codes the architectural language for the construction of masculinity. She sought building metaphors to articulate the theme of man-worship, while Howard Roark as creator sanctifies architectural doctrine. Rand’s uncompromising male character defends the principles of modern architecture with the arguments that equated buildings with masculine virtue, asserting that buildings have integrity just like men. The Fountainhead demonstrates how culture and society enlist architecture and architectural metaphors to construct, circulate, and maintain beliefs about gender. - Architecture and Sexuality:The Politics of Gendered Space Gerard Rey A. Lico

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The film starts off with a rush, but settles down to an easy pace once the preliminaries are done.
Howard roark is a character that will be etched on to anyone's mind for some time, after seeing the movie.

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50 million-dollar, eco-resort for Batti on the way

By Dilshani Samaraweera

With the war ending, investors are ready to sink nearly US$ 50 million into a government-planned tourism development project for Batticaloa. Initial formalities on the Pasikudah resort, located on a 140 acre land owned by the national tourism authorities, have already started. The resort is expected to generate hundreds of new jobs in Batticaloa and will add about 700 new rooms to Sri Lanka’s tourism industry.

“We have the money and we are ready to start. In total, this resort project is worth about US$ 50 million. These are upmarket, carbon-neutral hotels, with a future focus. Once the resort is operational it will bring a lot of benefits for the area.

Jobs will be created inside the resort and in other connected sectors and the hotels will buy things like food and fish, from the local communities, giving them regular incomes,” said the Chairman of the Pasikudah Tourism Development Association, Prasanna Jayawardene.

The Pasikudah Tourism Development Association is made up of seven investors lined up to develop eco-friendly, boutique hotels in the resort. More investors are waiting to enter the resort. The tourism authorities are now signing land lease agreements wih these investors.

“There are about 12 to 13 investors for the site and we are now signing land lease agreements with them. The investors have to start their preparatory work, like getting approvals from different agencies, within six months of signing their lease agreements,” said the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority and the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Bernard Goonatilake.

The tourism authorities are also looking for financing to provide infrastructure requirements for the site.
“The site needs a water supply. It will cost around Rs 350 million to lay new pipelines to bring in water and distribute it among 12 to13 different hotels. So we have already submitted a proposal to the World Bank for assistance.

But, in the meantime, we also made an initial payment to the relevant agencies to start work on the water supply,” said Mr Goonatilake. Pasikudah, located about 35 kilometres northwest of Batticaloa, used to be a popular tourist destination. The Pasikudah resort, is located near the Pasikudah Bay and is considered a prime tourism location.

Most leaning building in the world: Capital Gate by RMJM,

Capital Gate, the iconic leaning building in Abu Dhabi, reached halfway point. The building, designed by international architects RMJM, will lean 18 degrees westward, 14 degrees more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
To make this possible, the central core of the building slants in the opposite direction to the lean of the structure, and it straightening as it grows. It sits on top of a 7-foot-deep concrete base with a dense mesh of reinforced steel. The steel exoskeleton known as the diagrid sits above an extensive distribution of 490 piles that have been drilled 100 feet underground to accommodate the gravitational, wind and seismic pressures caused by the lean of the building.

A gigantic internal atrium, including a tea lounge and swimming pool suspended 263 feet above the ground, has been constructed on the 17th and 18th floors, the halfway point of the 35-story, 525-foot tall tower.
Capital Gate will house Abu Dhabi’s first Hyatt hotel – Hyatt at Capital Centre, a presidential- style luxury, 5-star hotel and will provide 200 hotel rooms for Abu Dhabi and will serve ADNEC’s (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company) visitors and exhibitors as well as international business and leisure travelers.

Virtual museum of Iraq

This is the web address for the virtual museum of Iraq. It would be nice to see a similar virtual museum for Sri Lanka as well.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Empowering people in post conflict areas vital

A disaster is an opportunity to build back better but it is very important to prepare a long term plan using sufficient community information, Prof. Dilanthi Amaratunga of the School of the Built Environment, Salford University UK told Daily News Business.

Prof. Amaratunga along with Program Director, Disaster Mitigation and Reconstruction, Dr. Richard Haigh Salford University arrived in Sri Lanka early this week to support Sri Lanka through the Chamber of Construction Industry (CCI) Sri Lanka.

They will support mainly in capacity building in the reconstruction process. The CCI entered into a partnership with the University of Salford, UK to provide expertise in the field of Disaster Management and to provide humanitarian aid to those who have been entrapped for nearly three decades.

Prof. Amaratunga said that once a disaster has taken place, the first concern is effective recovery, helping all those affected to recover from the immediate effects of the disaster. Reconstruction involves helping to restore the basic infrastructure and services that people need so that they can return to the pattern of life which they had enjoyed before the disaster.

Therefore, building houses, creating job opportunities and economic stability is vital in terms of empowering people in conflict affected areas.

Capacity building at different levels has been a major issue and the CCI has been a complementary partner to identify local needs in this process, she said.

Elaborating on the construction role in disaster mitigation and recovery, Dr. Haigh said that there is growing recognition that the construction industry has an important role in helping communities to anticipate, assess, prevent, prepare, respond and recover from disasters of all types.

This process is commonly visualized as a two - phase cycle, with post disaster recovery informing pre-disaster risk reduction and vice versa. This illustrates the ongoing process by which Governments, businesses and civil society plan for and reduce the impact of disasters and react during and immediately after a disaster and take steps to recover.

This concept has the ability to promote the holistic approach as well as to demonstrate the relationship between disasters and development, he said.

The University of Salford’s Centre for Disaster Resilience recognized as the international centre for research in the built and human environment work with communities around the world to increase their resilience to the threat posed by natural and human induced hazards.

An international Conference titled “Building Education and Research” (BEAR) chaired by Prof. Amaratunga and Dr. Haigh was held last year at the Kandalama Hotel. It was organized by the local partner, the Universities of Moratuwa and Ruhuna.

Aba : Architecture captured on Sri Lankan celluloid

ABA, the movie directed by Jackson Anthony in 2008, is inarguably one of the best efforts realized on Sri lankan celluloid. It was also one of the films made in Sri Lanka where architecture had been at least remotely considered. The Art direction was done by Udeni Subodhi Kumara

There are three major settings which are architecturally significant.

1.) The Palace of Paduvasadeva
2.) Doramadalawa Village
3.) Brahmin Pandula’s abode

Even through The palace looks authentic at certain frames, the interior could have been made better. A little bit more effort would have obviously done miracles.

The Doramadalawa village gave a robin hood- meets- evoks sort of a feelein.

Brahmin pandulas abode is a typical ashram.

If the Construction Industry had a horror genre...

Looks like something from the SLIA building :)

The stair way to heaven

SLIA building again?

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