Design Philosophies Expressed Through Works


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The relationship between the design philosophies of an architect and his works is the most important aspect for an architect. Just like all the other architects, Anjalendran follows his design philosophies in all his works. This paper is a study of manifestation of his design philosophies in his works, the direct impression of his personality expressed in his works. His main focus being on “ functional design with an aesthetical intent “.

He draws liberally on the vernacular traditions of his country. We also analyze some of his works, to understand how he has delivered the design philosophies in a literal way and his life which helps us understand his intentions of the philosophies that he follows.

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Anjalendran is a known for his simple and functional designs sticking to the vernacular traditions of the locality.He describes his work as “ architecture for daily life “.He says “ I don’t know how to do style “ referring to the structures.He uses materials that which are locally available and low cost. He takes pride in his efforts but yet his approach to building is humble. He reminds us that we have flourished our communities communing with nature. “ We have become disparate allowing commercialization to take away simple pleasures gifted to us by nature. We have destroyed our luxury “ he says.


PERSONAL LIFE Anjalendran is an architect of Sri Lanka. He was born in 1951 in a family of Jaffna tamils. His father Chelvadurai was a Senior engineer and his mother Lingawathie was a Personal Secratery to her father who was a polotitian after taking her O level examinations. Although he was a hindu officially, his family astonishingly had an universal viewpoint towards the religious customs. He went to churches and also Buddhist temples. He grew up speaking English, later during his college days, he had to learn to read and write tamil. At the age of 10 he started learning dance of various forms like kathak, kathakali, Manipuri and bharat natyam. Then he later due to some disputes his father ordered him to give up dancing and concentrate on studies. That is when he redirected his interest to mathematics where he could delve into spatial dimensions through his mind, and then mastered in art of origami. He passed the A levels in double maths, physics and chemistry. Due to some delay he couldn’t apply to intermediate university and that is what led him to explore and learn various forms of arts until the comin year. He then took piano lessons and also gave origami lessons. His inquisitiveness for architecture started when he encountered two houses one of which designed by a Danish architect Ulrik Plesner, an associate of Geoffrey Bawa and the other by Minnette De Silva who was a friend of Le Courbusier.

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