Bawa House
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Architect Geoffrey Bawa
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Location Colombo, Sri Lanka
Date 1958 to 1968   timeline
Building Type house
 Construction System brick, plaster
Climate tropical
Context suburban or urban
Style Regionalist Modern




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Discussion Bawa House Commentary

"Looking back over his career, two projects hold the key to an understanding of Bawa's work: the garden at Lunuganga that he has continued to fashion for almost fifty years, and his own house in Colombo's Bagatelle Road. Lunuganga is a distant retreat, an outpost on the edge of the known world, a civilized garden within the larger wilderness of Sri Lanka, transforming an ancient rubber estate into a series of outdoor rooms that evoke memories of Sacro Bosco and Stourhead. The town house, in contrast, is an introspective assemblage of courtyards, verandas and loggias, created by knocking together four tiny bungalows and adding a white entry tower that peers like a periscope across neighbouring rooftops towards the distant ocean. It is a haven of peace, an infinite garden of the mind, locked away within a busy and increasingly hostile city."

2001 Aga Kahn Awards

Sources on Bawa House

"Remembering Geoffrey Bawa, 1919-2003", by ArchitectureWeek, ArchitectureWeek No. 149, 2003.0604, pN1.1.

Brian Bruce Taylor. Geoffrey Bawa. Singapore: Concept Media, February 1986. ISBN 0-89381-235-8. NA1510.63.B39T39. photo of bedroom, looking towards the rear garden, p54.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Bawa House


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