Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Sri Lanka's answer to Barragan

Geoffrey Bawa, FRIBA (1919–2003).

Highly personal in his approach, evoking the pleasures of the senses that go hand in hand with the climate, landscape, and culture of ancient Ceylon, Geoffrey Bawa brought together an appreciation of the Western humanist tradition in architecture with needs and lifestyles of his own country. Bawa has exerted a defining influence on the emerging architecture of independent Sri Lanka and on successive generations of younger architects. His ideas have spread across the island, providing a bridge between the past and the future, a mirror in which ordinary people can obtain a clearer image of their own evolving culture. In 2001, Geoffrey Bawa recieved the prestigious Chairmans Award from the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for his lifetime achievement... - David Robson

Residence, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Jayakody House, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Exterior detail of inset carved wooden door frame.

The hall.

Interior view from back room to main living area.

View from courtyard through to living area.
Photographs by Christian Richters.

A.S.H. De Silva House, Galle, Sri Lanka.

Bawa's estate, Lunuganga.

Exterior view from garden, taken by Helene Binet.

One of the most exciting moments was the opening up of vistas..not based on prearranged formality..the garden planned itself... - Geoffrey Bawa

Geoffrey Bawa: The Complete Works by David Robson

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An Aesthete's Lament said...

I just got this book recently! He is the most amazing thing, no?

The-Countrypolitan said...

I love the simplicity of the shapes and open spaces. The light and shadows play an important role in the design...as well as the mood...very nice. www.thecountrypolitan.blogspot.com

Suzy said...

Fabulous! I love Barragan's work, so thanks for the introduction!

Wannabe A said...

Barragan is wonderful. Have you seen "el pedregal" houses?. It was the first "modern" developing in the surrondings of Mexico DF, something like a vulcan dessert. I'm talking about the forties or fifties.
Bawa is maybe more lyrical.

HOBAC said...

WA - the Eggener book is brilliant, and as far as I know the best record of El Pedregal.

I am curious, what or where is Aluche?