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Anjalendran: Architect of Sri Lanka

Hardcover - 10 November 2009
Robson, David (Author)
Gomis, Waruna (Photographer)
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This beautifully illustrated book showcases the works of one of Sri Landa's most influential architects--Anjaledran, an ethnic Tamil and visionary artist.

During the past 25 years of civil war in Sri Lanka, Anjalendran has stayed on, creating architecture that has attracted interest across the entire Indian subcontinent. In Anjalendran, David Robson explores this unique man and his uncommon vision. Anjalendran's buildings have a simple directness, and although totally modern in spirit, they acknowledge the rich design traditions of Sri Lanka. Whether working with ample budgets or at rock bottom cost (like his SOS Children's Village orphanages), his work focuses not only on creative buildings, but--a la Frank Lloyd Wright--also their landscaping, furniture and decoration.

Just as interesting as the architecture is the process by which Anjalendran works—: from home, never employing more than four student assistants, with no office, no secretary, no car and no cell phone. He operates without a bank account and has never signed a contract with either a client or a builder. With stunning color photographs, plan details and behind-the-scenes insights, Anjalendran sheds light on the works of this exceptional man.

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2 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 03 October 2014
By: Library Journal

Robson, an authority on Sri Lankan modern design (Bawa: The Complete Works), presents an overview of his work: mainly houses, villas, offices, and a large children's school. He combines poetic local and historical traditions with industrialized modern design: a combination of international bungalow style with the more imaginary style of the great French modern architect Le Corbusier. Verdict-Robson offers a well-written study and a beautifully photographed survey aimed at designers, architects, and students of both.

2 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 03 October 2014
By: Busy Boo

Sri Lanka is a beautiful island off the southeast coast of India. I admit I don’t know much about Sri Lankan architects however when I first caught a glimpse of C. Anjalendran’s work I knew I had to buy this book: “Anjalendran: Architect of Sri Lanka” by David Robson.

By using the simplest of materials mixed with rich local traditions, Anjalendran is a master in bringing inside and outside spaces into one. In fact, his amazing work is all about light and space. However, his work doesn’t stop at architecture, it also includes landscaping, furniture design and decoration. The end result is pure magic.

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architect Geoffrey Bawa, Anjalendran works his magic facing the challenge of building on small plots. Throughout his creations you will find naturally lit, cross ventilated spaces, overhanging eaves to shield from sun and monsoon rain, enclosed courtyards, deep verandahs and roof terraces, reflecting pools and vertical gardens.

This wonderful book, from Tuttle Publishing, is a hardcover consisting of 240 pages with photographs full of atmosphere (taken by Waruna Gomis) and detailed architectural plans.  I highly recommend it both for architects and interior designers who are looking for inspiration in exotic simplicity and intimate minimalism.

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