Geoffrey Bawa’s architecture
Geoffrey Manning Bawa, was a Sri Lankan architect. He is the principal force behind what is today known globally as “tropical modernism”. “It’s no exaggeration to say that architect Geoffrey Bawa transformed the look of South-East Asia. For more than a century Sri Lankan domestic architecture had been heavily influence by British taste. Bawa’s architecture led to the formation of a new architectural identity and aesthetic for many tropical environments, the end result was a unique architectural style that erased boundaries between the `outside’ and `inside’ of living and working spaces.
Tropical Modernism, which favoured white abstract forms and horizontal rooflines, was a very new style at the time that Bawa started working on his designs. The Last House, Heritance Kandalama Hotel, Sri Lanka Parliament, The Lighthouse Hotel are some of his most interesting built projects.