By Channa Daswatte, Dominic Sansoni

Sri Lanka Style showcases 30 of the best conventional and smooth dwellings in Sri Lanka.

Reflecting its situation and standing as a hub of Indian Ocean exchange from time immemorial, the tropical island of Sri Lanka has consistently been open to the hobbies and patters of global tradition. Indigenous architects and cultural traditions, colonial incursions and the vagaries of dwelling in a tropical surroundings have mixed to provide a particular Sri Lankan architectural variety: thick lime-washed partitions, tall home windows and doorways, terracotta or granite tile flooring, open pavilions and verandas, courtyard gardens, elaborately carved furnishings and colourful hand-looms.

The Sri Lankan houses differ from inner most houses to retreats and hotels, all designed through the island's such a lot artistic architects and decorators together with a few through the world-renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa that experience by no means been obvious prior to. those works show the necessities of the Sri Lankan lifestyle-spaces open to the surroundings and the ordinary use of area and decor-and give a contribution to a palpable feel of peace and self-discipline. furthermore, there are useful layout rules that may be utilized to any tropical locale.

Photographed fullyyt on position, Sri Lanka Style is an inspirational resource booklet of latest tropical style.

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Built in the early part of the twentieth century, the house exemplifies the eclectic classical style which developed in the tropical colonies. It has large verandas with seemingly Ionic columns but the architecture is, in fact, an amalgam of colonial and local architectural traditions and influences. 38 SRI LANKA STYLE The entrance to the formally designed house is defined by a large porte-cochere and a veranda bordered by large, gleaming white Tuscan columns and balustrates. Dark-stained doors open off the veranda to a grand central hallway, which forms the main reception areas, demarcated by more white columns.

A small stairway often led into the attic for use as storage. 48 SRI LANKA STYLE ABOVE The tile-roofed, colonnaded house is almost hidden from view by the wild garden with its profusion of fruit trees, palms and other tropical species. LEFT The pavilion amongst the trees is an extension of the attic. The far end is covered in mats made from the talipot palm, providing easy and relaxed seating. RIGHT The plain polished cement veranda, with its edge highlighted in white, is a cool oasis in the midst of the surrounding vegetation.

BELOW LEFT The attic leading to the library and billiards room is an informal sitting area. The floor cushions, made from a collection of Baluchi rugs, complement the Afghan carpet. 58 SRI LANKA STYLE LEFT BELOW Sunlight streams into the billiards room on the upper floor. The windows are recycled from an early twentieth-century colonial house. The ventilation grilles of Victorian inspiration were very much a part of the Sri Lankan architectural traditions of the period. The chairs and table are from the same period.

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