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Filling Station and Motel in Ampara, Sri Lanka by Damith Premathilake designed using SketchUp

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

One of the recent projects designed by Damith Premathilake, a Sri Lankan architect is a petrol station + motel. The architect has rose to the challenges and created an elegant structure which will definitely be a little landmark in this suburban landscape.

Filling Station and Motel

  • Architects: Damith Premathilake
  • Project: Filling Station and Motel
  • Location: Ampara, Sri Lanka
  • Principal Architect: Damith Premathilake
  • The Total Project Area: 9454 sq.ft
  • Project Status: Under construction
  • Client: Mr.K.V.Nihal
  • Photographer: Damith Premathilake
  • Software used: Architectural Sketch-Up to do the 3D images and rendering


Madura House at Kiribathgoda in Sri Lanka by Damith Premathilake designed using SketchUp

Saturday, May 7th, 2011


Elements of nature introduced to create calmness within the confines

The house designed by architect Damith Premathilake, located at Kiribathgoda close to the Colombo – Kandy road, is a good example where both the architect and the client appreciate the simplicity, clarity and positive response to nature in design.

Interior View

  • Principal Architect: Damith Premathilake
  • Name of Project: Madura House at Kiribathgoda
  • Location: Kiribathgoda, Sri Lanka
  • The total Project area: 3050 Sq.ft
  • Project Period: 16 months
  • Project completion date: August 2009
  • Client: Mr.Madhura Pathirana
  • Photographers: Kushantha & Danushka (Studio U)
  • Software used: Architectural Sketch-Up to do the 3D images and rendering


WORKSHOP + OFFICE SPACE – SRIMAAL ADVERTISING (PVT) LTD in Kiribathgoda, Sri Lanka by Damith Premathilake designed using SketchUp

Saturday, May 7th, 2011


One of the commercial projects recently completed by architect Damith Premathilake is a workshop and office space designed for Srimaal an advertising company. The project is located in Kiribathgoda a few kilometers away from Colombo. Before the architect could leave his traces on the land he had to combat several restrictions imposed by the narrow sloping site. The main problems were the awkward L-shape of the land area and the building regulations on the site requiring the structure to be set 60ft back from the edge of the road. The client also had specific requirements that had to be catered for by the architect. As the client Srimaal, is an advertising agency the exterior appearance of the building was very vital. The client also required the office and work spaces to be well lit during the day, provide space for the capacity of 250 people and have vehicle access to service the building.

Entrance gate

  • Principal Architect: Damith Premathilake
  • Location: Kiribathgoda, Sri Lanka
  • The Total Project Area: 8160 sq.ft
  • Project Period: 12months
  • Project Completion Date: September 2010
  • Client: Srimaal Advertising (PVT) LTD
  • Photographer: Damith Premathilake
  • Software used: Architectural Sketch-Up to do the 3D images and rendering


Haberfield House in Sydney, Australia by Lahznimmo Architects designed using ArchiCAD

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

The Sydney suburb of Haberfield was laid out to the principles of garden suburb design early in the twentieth century. High quality houses designed by estate architects were built for sale and strict covenants were placed on allotments to ensure a continuation of design intentions. Thus one of Australia’s best repositories of Federation era houses was built. Mostly the houses were modest in size, with generous backyards and represent an Arcadian version of the Australian suburb.

View from back garden

  • Architects: Lahznimmo Architects
  • Project: Haberfield House
  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Date of construction completion: January 2010
  • Gross floor area (m2): 180m2
  • Project Design Team: Lahznimmo Architects, Andrew Nimmo, Annabel Lahz, Hugo Cottier
  • Program used: ArchiCAD and Adobe Creative Suite


RENOVATION TO AN EXISTING HOUSE IN Mt LAVANIA, SRI LANKA by Damith Premathilake designed using SketchUp

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Architectural Zen oasis amidst the congested surroundings

The recent house renovation done by architect Damith Premathilake could be perceived as a spatial composition in Zen. The spaces are evocative of ritualistic living. The interiors are carefully crafted to create spaces of art and inspire creative habitation. It is intimate yet seems open and spacious. It is remarkable given all the major problems associated with the existing house how the architect has transformed the house into a little gem.


  • Principal Architect: Damith Premathilake
  • Name of Project: House renovation
  • Location: Mt. Lavinia, Sri Lanka
  • The Total Project Area: 2100 Sq.ft
  • Project Period: 8 months
  • Project Completion Date: August 2009
  • Client: Mr.Upendra Hewawasan
  • Photographer: Damith Premathilake
  • Software used: Architectural Sketch-Up to do the 3D images and rendering


MGM Mirage City Center in Las Vegas, Nevada by Studio Daniel Libeskind

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Studio Daniel Libeskind served as a design consultant to Adamson Associates to design the retail and public space complex on the main Las Vegas strip as part of the MGM MIRAGE’s CityCenter construction project. CityCenter, a vertical city in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts, combines 2,700 private residences, two 400-room non-gaming boutique hotels, a dramatic 60-story, 4,000-room resort casino, and approximately 500,000 sq.ft. of retail and entertainment facilities into a single urban core.

MGM Mirage City Center

  • Architects: Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Project: MGM Mirage City Center
  • Location: 3780 Las Vegas Boulevard South Las Vegas, NV
  • Client: MGM MIRAGE
  • Completion: 2009
  • Photography: SDL, SFrances, Alexander Garvin


V&A Exhibition Road in London, UK by AL_A Architect

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Exhibition Road is changing. AL_A’s project will unlock the potential to bring new audiences into the V&A, breaking down the separation between street and museum, and taking the V&A onto Exhibition Road and Exhibition Road into the V&A.

View of the courtyard at Night

  • Architects: AL_A Architect
  • Project: V&A Exhibition Road
  • Location: London, UK
  • Client: Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Programme: Gallery for temporary exhibitions, public courtyard and new museum entrance
  • Principal: Amanda Levete


Chapel of St.Lawrence in Finland by Avanto Architects Ltd

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The Vantaa Parish Union held an open architectural competition in the spring of 2003 for the design of a new chapel in the vicinity of the historic Church of St. Lawrence. The area has been classified as a nationally important cultural environment. The winning entry, out of 194 proposals, was “Polku” (“Path”) by Avanto Architects.

Chapel of St.Lawrence

  • Architects: Avanto Architects Ltd
  • Project: Chapel of St.Lawrence
  • Location: Pappilankuja 3, Vantaa, Finland
  • Building type: Chapel
  • Competition: open architecture competition, 1st prize, 2003
  • Year of completion: 2010
  • Gross Area: 1879 sqm
  • Total cost: 10 m€
  • Client: Vantaa Parish Union
  • User: Vantaa Parish Union
  • Developer: Vantaa Parish Union
  • Software used: AutoCAD Architecture 2010 to draw the project. The rendering was done in 3dStudio MAX.


Retreat, Summer house in Hardanger Fjord, Norway by SAUNDERS ARCHITECTURE AS

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Retreat, Summer house, Hardanger Fjord, Norway  (2 of 3- a series of summer houses)

Article source: Todd Saunders, Bergen & Tommie Wilhelmsen, Stavanger

This is our own personal project. We bought this site ourselves in order to create experimental architecture.  The constant question for young architects was how to find clients willing to take a chance on enthusiastic architects with little experience?  When we first started our firm, instead of going and looking for clients we went looking for a possible site to build an experimental structure. In this way we could pursue our architectural vision in line with our convictions: no compromises, original, and respecting the Norwegian landscape that we live in.  Once we made such a project, we knew that it would be easier to find and convince clients that we are competent architects through this use of a real life building as opposed to paper visions of architecture so common among young architects.

Retreat, Summer house


Northern Europe Migrants Organization in Calais, France by Felix de Montesquiou and Hugo Kaici

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The city of Calais, located at only 42km of the British coast, is the hottest spot of illegal migration in France. When Sarkozy closed the Sangatte immigrant center a year ago, we decided to react on the subject, in a very ironical and cynical way. This is when we decided to design an illegal immigration base.

Northern Europe Migrants Organisation

  • Architects: Felix de Montesquiou and Hugo Kaici
  • Project: N.E.M.O. (Northern Europe Migrants Organisation)
  • Location: Calais, France
  • Software used: Sketchup to draw and Maxwell to render; a lot of work on Lightroom, and Photoshop


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