During the past 25 years of civil war in Sri Lanka, Anjalendran has stayed on, creating architecture that has attracted interest across the entire Indian subcontinent.
In "Anjalendran," David Robson explores this unique man and his uncommon vision. AnjalendranAEs buildings have a simple directness and although totally modern in spirit, they acknowledge the rich traditions of Sri Lanka. Whether working with ample budgets or at rock bottom cost (like his SOS ChildrenAEs Village orphanages), his work focuses not only on creative buildings, but: a la Frank Lloyd Wright: also their landscaping, furniture and decoration.
Just as interesting as the architecture is the process by which Anjalendran works: from home, never employing more than four student assistants, with no office, no secretary, no car and no cell phone. He operates without a bank account and has never signed a contract with either a client or a builder. With stunning color photographs, plan details and behind-the-scenes insights, "Anjalendran" sheds light on the works of this exceptional man.
"Robson, an authority on Sri Lankan modern design (Bawa: The Complete Works), presents an overview of his work: mainly houses, villas, offices, and a large children's school. He combines poetic local and historical traditions with industrialized modern design: a combination of international bungalow style with the more imaginary style of the great French modern architect Le Corbusier. Verdict-Robson offers a well-written study and a beautifully photographed survey aimed at designers, architects, and students of both." -Library Journal
"I highly recommend it both for architects and interior designers who are looking for inspiration in exotic simplicity and intimate minimalism." -Busy Boo magazine