Geoffrey Bawa Works in Sri Lanka
Discover the Precious Gemstones that Sri Lanka is Renowned for…
As Sri Lanka’s most influential architect, Sir Bawa built houses, hotels, schools, offices and government buildings including the Sri Lankan Parliament Building. In this day tour, we will show you around some of his brilliant works (in Colombo and along the southern coast) that are still intact about 15 years after his passing.
Places you will visit
Parliament of Sri Lanka
In 1979, Geoffrey Bawa was summoned by the then President JR Jayawardana who commissioned him to design a new Parliament on the spot. With the proposed location at Kotte, Bawa’s idea was to have the new Parliament sit atop an island amidst an artificial lake. A symmetrical debating chamber followed the design of the Palace of Westminster. The symmetry was broken with the central pavilion being divided into 5 ancillary pavilions, each with its own copper roof. The entrance of the Parliament boasted a pair of massive silver doors opening to reveal a grand staircase leading to the floor of the House.
Paradise Road Gallery Café
Once upon a time, the office of Geoffrey Bawa, is now transformed into one of the leading restaurants in Colombo. The symbols of his brand remain strong here – open pavilions, courtyards with pillars, ponds and walkways. In addition to providing a unique dining experience, The Gallery Café is also an art gallery where the creative talents of young artists are exhibited.
The Ratnasivaratnam House
A director of Aitken Spence [Hotels] was lucky enough to have his house designed by one of the world’s most celebrated architect. Hidden behind a high screen wall, the entrance opens into a long corridor, once again featuring open spaces and courtyards. Three bedrooms, a garage, a kitchen, a study and a rooftop terrace is incorporated in contemporary style. The housewas constructed in 1979 and was carefully restored recently by the owner’s son.
Steel Corporation Offices and Housing, 1966–1969
Bawa was commissioned to design the main office and other buildings at the steel mills in the 1960s. One of the highlights here is the 3-storey office building which was designed in a manner to be protected from direct sunshine yet filled with light and air. Bawa also elegantly designed the staff housing scheme with interesting entrances for each building as well as a walled courtyard garden.
Number 11 Colombo Residence
The residence of Geoffrey Bawa is an architectural marvel where art and artifacts from his collection are displayed. Within this residence are two bedrooms on the 1st floor which are attached and share one bathroom and a sitting room. The 3rd floor is a verandah and the 4th is an open viewing deck. Only one party can rent out the rooms at a time and this residence is also open for public viewing only by appointment.
Lunuganga – Bentota
A beautiful garden retreat in Bentota – a piece of work that Bawa cherished throughout his life and continued to develop for about 50 years. It was one of his personal projects which turned in to a boutique hotel and is now a dream fantasy for many to have the opportunity to stay in one of the lovely suites here.
Not to miss in this tour
- Visit New Parliament Building
- Explore Office of Geoffrey Bawa – Gallery Cafe
- Visit Beautiful Garden – Lunuganga
- Visit The residence of Geoffrey Bawa
Things you will do
- Capture the works of world renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa on your camera!
- Opt for a night at his residence in Colombo or Lunuganga – Bentota to experience the real feel of staying in a Bawa designed property.
Q. Is this day tour for me?
If you are interested in a career in architecture or have already begun seeking one, this day tour is just the right one for you. Apart from that, anyone who is a fan of Geoffrey Bawa will be intrigued by visiting his tremendous works and achievements.
Q. Can it be tailor-made?
This tour can be customized to your requirements. If you want to make any additional stops, simply inform us in advance and we will make the arrangements.
Q. When to go?
A day tour of the works of Sir Geoffrey Bawa can be taken at any time of the year because you will be transported in a comfortable and luxury vehicle from place to place. External environmental factors such as the weather conditions will not affect this tour.
Q. What will transfers cover?
Pickup from Hotel – Tour Attractions – Drop at your Hotel.