“Under Sri Lanka’s Big Roof” by Martin Filler

“Sipping gin-and-tonic sundowners on the terrace of Lunuganga, the Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa’s sprawling country house, he and his principal collaborator during the 1950s and 1960s, the Danish architect Ulrik Plesner, now eighty-two, might impulsively decide to extend the parapet beneath them by a few feet, or to render a distant vista more agreeable by removing hundreds of intervening trees. Within hours these changes would come to pass, thanks to an endless supply of cheap semi-skilled labor and a strong local crafts heritage.”

Via http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2013/may/29/sri-lanka-bawa-plesner/

Source: Groundviews et nybook

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