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Anjalendran: Architect of Sri Lanka

Over the past two decades Anjalendran has established himself as one of Sri Lanka's leading architects. Born into a family of Jaffna Tamils and a student of the prolific and influential Geoffrey Bawa, Anjalendran's buildings are known across the Indian subcontinent for their simple directness, modern spirit, and acknowledgment of the rich vernacular traditions of Sri Lanka.

According to Sri Lankan architecture authority Professor David Robson, most architecture today is "procured," with the architect just one of a huge team of specialists. By contrast,  Anjalendran is the sole designer in his practice, managing every aspect of the project, from the first encounter with the client to final handover of the finished building. He also focuses—à la Frank Lloyd Wright—on landscaping, furniture, and decoration.

Robson created a comprehensive overview of Anjalendran's work with the book Anjalendran: Architect of Sri Lanka, and on Wednesday, December 2, he and Anjalendran were at the Asia Society in New York, for a discussion on what it means to be an 'architect of Sri Lanka.'

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Can any one please get me in contact with Mr. Anjalendran . I need his email so I may contact him directly.
A video of David Robson's, author of 'Anjalendran – Architect of Sri Lanka', talk on the eminent Sri Lankan architect C. Anjalendran at the Royal Institute of British Architects is available to download or stream online (free)
I'm also one of the few people who was lucky enough to see this man's wonderful work and become one of his students as well. His ability to blend spaces, forms and color has been unbelievable and I personally believe his details make him divine ( almost). The other specialty would be his efforts of creating magic with low cost materials and the way he makes other people work accordingly. Well, I think seeing his work could be a similar experience to visiting Taj Mahal when the sun sets...........
I have had this great pleasure of seeing some of Anjalendran's master pieces during last couple of years.Anjalendran's designs are pure style without loosing substance.When one passes the joy and happiness emanating from the design then comes the realization that his designs also perform and function to the maximum.for me he is the true architectural hero.and there could not have been a better writer on this subject more than Prof David Robson ,who believes that God is in details.
I can very well understand the profoundness of the feelings that you have for Anjalendran. I hope his desert ICON has started functioning.
The architecture of Sri Lanka displays a rich variety of architectural forms and styles. Buddhism had a significant influence on Sri Lankan architecture, since it was introduced to the island in 3rd Century BC[1]. However techniques and styles developed in Europe and the Asia have also played a major role in of architecture of Sri Lanka.
It is amazing that the high standards of architectural design in Asia are being set from one of it's smallest member countries - Sri Lanka. This is largely due to the efforts of the legendary Geoffrey Bawa and now his disciple the renowned architect C Anjalendran. I happen to have visited his SOS children's village in Sri Lanka and Mirissa's Cinnamon Estate owned by ad man Miles Young. Both clients could not be farther from each other in so many ways. Yet I think one can find as much joy in the architecture at the SOS Children's Village as you would at, say, Mirissa.

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