Studio Dwelling

Studio Dwelling at Rajagiriya by Palinda Kannangara Architects is an office and residence of an architect, located by a marsh, in Rajagiriya Sri Lanka. Although located along urban fringe near a series of high-rise buildings, and close to the main road, the building is designed like a fortification. It is sealed from the Colombo heat (with specially designed double screens to limit western and southern exposure), traffic and noises of the road but once within reveals unexpected views of the adjoining marsh and is totally permeable to the natural setting. The building plays with volumes to create many areas for living, work and leisure, and also with materials and tectonic devices to create a cooler microclimate within the building, encouraging daylight, and views to the marsh, harvesting and regulating rain water, and creating gardens for biodiversity. The design also takes into account its location by the water, creating garden spaces that act as detention area during monsoons, thus preventing the living/ workspaces from flooding.

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“Ted? I, uh... I’ve got some good news, and some bad news.”

Ted the Animator: “Here we go again.”

Carl the Animator: “Well.. which do you want to hear first?”

Ted the Animator: “Umm… the good news? Maybe?”

Carl the Animator: “Alright. *ahem* I sorta accidentally duplicated the weird dog’s arm.”

Ted the Animator: “…the heck? How is that good news?”

Carl the Animator: “Well, in comparison to the bad news, it’s pretty good.”

Ted the Animator: “…what’s the bad news, then?”

Carl the Animator: “Are you sure you want to know?”

Ted the Animator: “Please, continue. Morbid curiosity compels me.”

Carl the Animator: “I also sorta accidentally duplicated the weird guy’s… eyes.”

Ted the Animator: “GAAAAAAAAAAH! That’s terrifying!”

Carl the Animator: “I was working on shelling this pomegranate between frames, and I guess I missed it.”

Ted the Animator: “But… what… how… how did you even manage to….”

Carl the Animator: “It was a really good pomegranate.”

Ted the Animator: “You had to take each photo individually! There’s-… why, there’s at least 10 like this!”

Carl the Animator: “It was a distractingly good pomegranate.”

Ted the Animator: “You had to move him for each frame, change his head under the second set of eyes, and not notice it each time!”

Carl the Animator: “It was probably the best pomegranate the world has ever known.”

Ted the Animator: “I can’t believe how–… wait, really?”

Carl the Animator: “Totally.”

Ted the Animator: “…can I have some?”

Carl the Animator: “Sure, help yourself.”

*8 pomegranate-trying seconds later*

Ted the Animator: “…ok, y’know what, if I was eating this pomegranate while I worked, I’d prolly duplicate some eyes too. You’re excused.”

Carl the Animator:Score!”