Sri Lankan Parliament Building, Kotte
Designed by the late Geoffrey Bawa, and completed in 1982, the Sri Lankan parliament building sits on the islet of Duwa, in Kotte, southeast of the commercial capital, Colombo. Kotte was once a kingdom in its own right until annexed by the Portuguese in 1597, and the islet of Duwa was a recreational area for Portuguese troops who were not allowed to drink in the nearby palace grounds. The marshland around Duwa was dredged and deepened during the construction of the parliament building, creating the Diyawanna Oya, an artificial lake. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My story, The Capital Lake, appears in the January 2017 issue.