Sri Lankan house wins top architectural award in Australia for ‘positive contribution to street life’


An amazing new house in the Sri Lanka capital city Colombo has won a top award from the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2018 International Chapter Architecture Awards.

The Sri Lanka Foundation in the US reports that “the awards recognize projects located beyond Australia’s borders by members of the Australian Institute of Architects”.

From a field of 17 entries, the jury honored seven projects located in Singapore, Thailand, and Sri Lanka.


Says SLF: “The Award for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) was presented to House 412 by Pulina Ponnamperuma + Robust Architecture Workshop.

“This home in Colombo, Sri Lanka which ‘positively contributes to the life of the street’ has also revealed ‘the potential for architecture to positively contribute to the social and economic development of a community’.

“By being ‘technologically robust’ and pushing for the visible and considered craft of various trades, the building is allowed to act as both a teaching ground and a positive example of technique thereby helping build capacity and understanding of what is possible in the local workforce,” the jury said.


This and the other three projects are now in the running for the Jørn Utzon Award for International Architecture at the National Architecture Awards to be announced in Melbourne on 1 November 2018.

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