Sunday, December 27, 2009

fairmount & fairways (cSLa #20)

Two apatments buildings from Colombo Suburbs. I had the chance to visit the Fairmount (which is still under construction) recently with Mora students. It is the tallest apartment building in Colombo at the moment. Fairways  is its 'sister' apartment block across the road.
Architect: Arosha Perera
Photos: Thejaani (Fairways) T.Y. (Fairmount)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

kandawatta (girton) apartments (cSLa #19)

Kandawatta (Girton) apartments.
Architect: Chanura Gunathilake
Sketches by architect. Photos: Chinthaka

Thursday, December 17, 2009


In one place,
apparently students are whacking  teachers,
In the other place,
apparently teachers are whacking students,
whats wrong with us?
hope that at the 'open place'
both parties will whack each other.

Good luck!

new layout

Dear All,

You may have noticed a few recent changes on the blog layout, especially the new 3 columns layout (thanks architectonics for noticing it). Those who are conversant with blogging may know that Blog Spot does not provide 3 column layouts, so I had to work it out myself with the help of few other bloggers’ info on the web.

Hope this will be the end of this upgrading exercise. So now it has 3 columns (one dedicated column for current issues), a new logo and some other minor modifications.

Thanks for reading my rubbish!
seven by 3

Sunday, December 6, 2009

the perfect valentine’s day card via grammar vandal

The Grammar Vandal - one paerson's campaign to eradikcate grammear errors in public. I know, I know this has nothing to do with Sri Lankan architecture, but I just can't stop laughing!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

just for fun!

I know that reflected trees look dodgy! Couldn't find a better image for this 5 min job. BTW guess the origin of the 'water' pic!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

comprehensive 5-day lighting course by sustainable lighting institute

What: Comprehensive 5-Day Lighting Course.
Why: Components including Energy-Efficient Technology, Sustainable Design, Human Factors
When: January 18 – 22, 2010
Where: Beruwala/Bentota, Sri Lanka (A salient factor! - sevenby3)
Who: Professors from the Lighting Research Center, New York, USA, the world’s leading university-based center devoted to lighting

Regional Centre for Lighting
c/o Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority
Bauddhaloka Mawatha
Colombo 7
Sri Lanka
Tel: + 94 (0)11 2677445 – ext 104
For registration info go here

Monday, November 30, 2009

фотография > 'photos by martin'

Check this blog out. Its cool!
No, it is NOT only about Santorini.
(There is also a permalink under фотография)

Friday, November 27, 2009

deconstructing hafeez contractor

In Hafeez Contractor’s factory, hundreds of architects and draftsmen sit elbow to elbow to churn out buildings. From morning to night, their sole purpose is to draft and design the innumerable rough sketches that originate from Hafeez, who has a good view of the office exit. As a result, employees do not attempt to leave before dinner. When a project is over they immediately begin work on the next. There are no milestones, only more buildings to make. People here do not linger. They have been taught to respect time. The act of endless production has stripped them of most ideologies, bar one: the client’s happiness comes above all else. Here, the architect is as the dictionary defines him: a person who designs buildings. This is not about form follows function, or less is more, or envisioning habitats. The factory’s patrons know the worth of a buck, and they do not care much for architecture as art. Which is why they come here. They like their costs minimised, and design amplified. ............

Read on 
(Via Urban Architecture India)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

ink of sri lanka (book #12)

Couldn't have a look yet. But no, it is NOT a book on Sri Lankan Tattoos!

Check out Archt. Tilak Samarawickrama’s book on his 'non architectural' artistic expressions.

Also you can check out what architectonic have to say about this book and a couple of other books.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

sigiriya museum (cSLa #17)

Sigiriya Museum by Archt. Chandana Ellapola (thanks Anonymous)

There is a web site as well. But not online yet (as of Nov 3rd)
Photographs by Mora 3rd year students