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Studio Dwelling, Rajagiriya

Our own studio and residence of architect PalindaKannangara, is located near a marsh, in Rajagiriya Sri Lanka, along an urban fringe near a series of high-rise buildings, is designed like a fortification. It is sealed from the Colombo heat (with specially designed double screens to minimize western and southern exposure), traffic and noises of the road but once within, reveals unexpected views of the adjoining marsh and is totally permeable to the natural setting. The design plays with volumes to create many areas for living, work and leisure, and also with materials and tectonic devices to create a cooler microclimate within the building. The design also takes into account its location by the water, creating garden spaces that act as detention areas during monsoons, thus preventing the living/ workspaces from flooding.

Location: Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka
Site Area: 2906 sq.ft.
Built Area: 4100 sq.ft.
Design Period: 2013-2014
Completion: 2015
Structural Engineer- R. Wijegunasekara
Landscape Architecture: Varna Shashidhar Photographs - Sebastian Posingis, Mahesh Mendis
Award RIBA Award for International Excellence, 27th Architect of the year AYA, 2A Awards first Prize, 1st Prize Geoffrey Bawa Awards 2017, Merit Award Azure Residential Category 2017