Domain Expert Guidance
local & airport transfers
breakfast & dinner
The Architecture Experience – Sri Lanka takes the participant on a journey starting with the early typologies of Sri Lankan architecture, moving on to the identity of Sri Lankan architecture, a confluence of local and European styles, and end with modern architecture we see today – Tropical Modernist architecture. Participants get to explore Geoffrey Bawa’s work, along with projects which showcase sustainable practices through different perspectives and interpretations.
The best approach to growing as an architect is to learn from experiencing and observing. The Architecture Experience aims to do just that. Participants get to observe the journey of Tropical Modernism, through site visits and interactions with local architects, and use the learning to design a pavilion which integrates with its surroundings. The Experience will be a nine day long curated educational tour for up to twenty participants, across 6 cities in Sri Lanka.
These visits will focus on observing and learning about the importance of site sensitivity, different architectural techniques – active and passive, importance of material selection, use of local resources and other aspects vital to sustainability. The visits will foster a deep understanding of building with nature with an inclination to local materials and techniques, while working on the documentation project will collate the learning of Tropical Modernist ideals on architecture across – be it in an urban setting, landscape, rural or any other.
In the 9 days, participants will get to work on their own project in sync with their work, or their subjects in college. These projects will be relevant for different Indian landscapes (be it urban or rural), with inspiration taken from places visited during this Experience.
Late evening arrival in Sri Lanka.
Orientation on the structure of the tour visits and project. Finalisation of teams, and the participants’ individual roles and responsibilities within the team will be defined.
Topic of discussion: Identity of traditional Sri Lankan architecture, influence of art, history of Sri Lanka and its ancient irrigation systems.
Places visited: Anuradhapura ruins, walking tour, Anuradhapura Pilgrim’s Rest House, Kaludiya Pokuna.
Topic of discussion: Vernacular architecture, makings of tropical architecture – some of the common features and its response to climate.
Places visited: Heritance Kandalama Hotel (Architecture of Geoffery Bawa), Trinity College Chapel, The Kandy House.
Topic of discussion: Architecture beyond the structure – as a socio-cultural tool as seen in The Parliament and Seema Malaka, preserving cultural identities.
Places visited: The Parliament, Independence memorial, Seema Malakaya Pavilion, studio visit.
Topic of discussion: The kind of varied influences and strategies employed in the Lunuganga Estate gardens, landscaping and Cinnamon Bey’s outstanding efforts to minimise its consumption of resources and energy while maximising recycling.
Places visited: Lunuganga, Bentota Tourist Village, Villa Bentota, Avani Bentota, Cinnamon Bey.
Topic of discussion: Importance of spatial planning as a tool to maximise appeal and minimise resources consumed. building with local materials and local construction techniques.
Places visited: SOS Children’s Village, Jetwing Lighthouse, Fort Printers, Galle Fort Hotel.
Topic of discussion: Achieving functionality and aesthetics while employing passive planning techniques and building with local and salvaged materials.
Places visited: Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihare, The Last House, Ruhuna University.
Topic of discussion: The scope of Tropical Modernist design in urban typologies, presentation and review of the project.
Places visited: No. 11, Bagatalle Road, Paradise Road Gallery Cafe, De Saram House, Dutch Hospital, walking tour in Colombo.
Late night departure for India.
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What does the cost include?
*Flights are ex-Bengaluru/Chennai
Domain Expert Guidance
local & airport transfers
breakfast & dinner
The Open Box Project
All our Experiences are aimed at implementing and solving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN. Goal no. 17 ‘Partnerships for the Goals’ is key to our Experiences, since we work with a global team of experts to be able to add value to the learning of the participants. The Architecture Experience Sri Lanka focuses on 3 of the Goals primarily.
– Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being.
– By 2030, ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing
– By 2030, enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement
– By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters
– By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources
– Support developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production
– Students and fresh graduates from architecture colleges and related fields
– Young professionals from architecture, design and related fields who want to explore the journey of Tropical Modernism in Sri Lanka
Yes! The Experience takes place in Sri Lanka to explore the theme of Tropical Modernism. The projects covered in this Experience include some of Geoffrey Bawa’s most famous works and that of next generation architects that have carried his design philosophy forward.
Yes! This Experience will take up to 20 participants. These participants will be split into smaller teams to execute projects (pavilion design) which are designed to give added value to their ongoing projects (school or live).
The Architecture Experience is designed with the intent of enhancing architectural understanding. To this end, a short project is included as part of the experience. The participants will explore methods of observation and documentation while focusing on ideologies of Tropical Modernism and its applications.
This Experience will focus on observing and learning about the importance of site sensitivity, different architectural techniques – active and passive, importance of material selection and other aspects vital to sustainable architecture, which are important tenets of contemporary and new age architecture, be it urban or non urban.
Yes! From a logistics point of view, this price includes the cost of accommodation, flights, visas, breakfast and dinner, local and airport transfers, and entry fees where applicable.
Lunuganga Estate, Bentota
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