The life and works of Geoffrey Bawa – ColomboBack
Sri Lanka’s most beloved and iconic architect, Geoffrey Bawa is renowned across the world for his incredible designs which won him the title ‘father of Asian architecture’. Although Bawa’s legacy is scattered across the island – beautiful buildings which are now enchanting hotels – he lived and worked in Colombo for many years. This guided tour gives you an insight in Bawa’s city life – where he lived and where he worked – and also covers the work of some of his notable friends who were leading figures in various arts industries, including Barbara, the founder of Barefoot; Minette, Sri Lanka’s first female architect, and Ena de Silva who specialized in creating beautiful batiks.
This guided tour of ‘Bawa’s Colombo’ is led by a local who is knowledgeable about Geoffrey Bawa and has taken a great interest in his works. It begins at his residency, Number 11, the center-point of his city life, where you will hear many fascinating stories about his time here and see samples of the furniture he had designed for hotels. . Then make your way to Seema Malaka Temple of Beira Lake, one of the city’s most iconic cultural sites which appears to be floating serenely on top of the water. You will then wend your way to Gallery Café, which was once Bawa’s studio and is now one of Colombo’s most coveted restaurants, for a drink and a chance to see the magnificence of his designs with your own eyes. In addition to his architectural designs, learn about Bawa's personal life and the many risks he took to be an architect at the age of 38 although he was a qualified lawyer.
About the Host
Your host is a native of Colombo and is passionate about creating authentic and soulful experiences that showcase the beauty of the island’s variety. With a keen interest in giving back to the community and travel, your host enjoys riding his motorbike to far off places during his free time.