Anjalendran: Architect Of Sri Lanka

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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 ...

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Overview

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&#8212:a la Frank Lloyd Wright&#8212:also their landscaping, furniture and decoration.

Just as interesting as the architecture is the process by which Anjalendran works&#8212: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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"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." —Library Journal

"I highly recommend it both for architects and interior designers who are looking for inspiration in exotic simplicity and intimate minimalism." —Busy Boo

Library Journal
Leading Sri Lankan architect Anjalendran (1951-) has practiced for over 30 years in his homeland, the large island off the southeast coast of India formerly called Ceylon. He also served for many years as an assistant and friend of the greatest Sri Lankan architect of the 20th century, Geoffrey Bawa, who died in 2003. 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.—Peter S. Kaufman, Ph.D., Boston Architectural Coll.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804840385
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/10/2009
  • Edition description: Hardcover with Jacket
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,034,322
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David Obson is the author of a comprehensive monograph on the world-renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa called Geoffrey Bawa: The Complete Works, and Bawa: The Sri Lanka Gardens. He has known Anjalendran since 1971.

Photographer Waruna Gomis trained as an architect and was one of the famed architect Geoffrey Bawa's last assistants. He currently runs Lightangle, a photo agency.

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