Geoffrey Manning Bawa entered the architecture industry in Sri Lanka and explored its modernism and cultural implications to create a unique style of design that had a lasting impact on architects across the globe. Bawa was well versed in Modernist theory and had a highly personal approach in all his designs. In 2001, Geoffrey Bawa was given an Aga Khan Award for his lifetime achievement. When you enter a building designed by the great Geoffrey Bawa, it evokes a sense of pleasure that goes perfectly with the climate, culture and landscape of Sri Lanka.
You can plan your holiday in Sri Lanka with inspiration from the talented Sri Lankan architect. When selecting holiday packages for your tour of Sri Lanka, simply request your preferred style of accommodation and Blue Lanka Tours can arrange for you to stay at hotels designed exclusively by Sir Geoffrey Bawa. Not only do people visit Sri Lanka for its exotic beaches, holiday-friendly weather and unique landscapes but also for the strong architecture in the country that is often ignored. Let us now discuss a few of the sophisticated pieces of work that Geoffrey Bawa has been in charge of.
This hotel in Kandalama is an amazing dramatic architectural creation of Sri Geoffrey Bawa. The property is built into a cliff face, overlooking the Kandalama reservoir. The design constitutes everything that is sustainable in a hotel. Heritance Kandalama is about a kilometer long and the jungle landscape that it is enveloped by has grown to make the hotel landscape look even more beautiful.
Blue Waters – Wadduwa
This hotel has a laid back paradise atmosphere with an understated charm and tranquility, offering five star luxury accommodation to its guests. The classic décor is highlighted with rich contemporary Sri Lankan style furnishing and crisp linen in shades of shells. The glass paneled Jacuzzi in the superior deluxe rooms provides an elegant charm in which you can unwind.
Lunuganga – Bentota
Lunuganga is Bawa’s country house estate located close to the beach resort in Bentota. This masterpiece was a 50 year passionate project that exhibited his ability to domesticate wild tropics and transform them into a well cultivated vision. Approximately 15 acres in size, the land features a cottage with four suites that have a tasteful interior, packed with art and history and yet does not look cluttered in any way.
Bentota Beach Hotel
In designing this hotel, Geoffrey Bawa pays tribute to the bright and lovely sun shining up above to make the hotel look visually appealing and help with providing warm hospitality. The pool at this hotel is exclusively designed by Sir Bawa with sun motifs and a natural rock pool kind of look.
Lighthouse Hotel – Galle
Splendid, iconic architecture is what you will observe upon strolling around the Lighthouse Hotel in Galle, fashionably designed by Geoffrey Bawa. The hotel conveys an old world charm with a touch of elegance and simplicity.
The Last House – Tangalle
This villa style hotel is the final piece of artwork from Geoffrey Bawas brand of architecture. It is a small, six bedroom seaside hotel with plenty of living space and ventilation. It is the perfect location for indulging in a private family getaway. This stylish villa is laid out in the shape of a horseshoe and the interior has a striking look of whitewashed walls contrasted with blue door and window frames to give it a more ‘beach house’ kind of appeal. The rooms are chic and luxurious with an ideal touch of Mr. Bawa. The cool cement floors and pillared verandahs are framed with stimulating views of the sea, and that is where Bawa’s touch is exhibited.