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Few architects from South Asia have captured the attention of the world like Sri Lanka’s Geoffrey Bawa. Given that Earth Day will be celebrated tomorrow, it would be pertinent to look at some of Bawa’s most masterful works in his pursuit of ‘tropical modernism’.
Bawa initially studied law in London, and became a barrister in 1944. After returning to Sri Lanka, he worked at a law firm in Colombo, and purchased an abandoned estate in Lunuganga, on the outskirts of Bentota, planning to create an Italian garden there. After realising that he lacked the expertise to achieve this, he became an apprentice at an architectural firm in Colombo, and then went to Cambridge to study architecture. Continue reading