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Asoka Amarasinghe House I

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Traditional habits and forms of relaxation still exist, and contemporary designs have to be made to fit them. The old-fashioned "lounger", the Sinhalese hansi putuwa, is a most sensible item of furniture with a beautiful organic and functional form.' Asoka Amarasinghe House, Colombo, 1954

The first Amerasinghe House was planned around a central court or midula and achieved a flow of space - and air - between interior and exterior. Solid walls were emphasised with the use of rough stone and kabook and the sliding glass screens were divided by a framework of coconut wood. The house was demolished in 2011.