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; Mineete, Sri Lanka’s first female architect, and Ena de Silva who specialised in creating beautiful batiks. Finish the tour with a visit to the stunning Gallery Café before marvelling at the stunning Seema Malaka Temple, which appears to float on Beira Lake.
This guided tour of ‘Bawa’s Colombo’ is led by a local who is very knowledgeable about Geoffrey Bawa and has taken a great interest in his works. It begins at his residency, Number 11, the centre-point of his city life, where you will hear many fascinating stories about his time here. 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. Finally, journey to the 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, before heading to Barefoot for either an exhibition (if one is running), some shopping or lunch in the delightful courtyard café
About the Host
Your host’s family, who are originally from Belgium, came to Ceylon in the 19th century. She has lived in both Sri Lanka and the UK, and studied photography at two universities in London. Over the last 20 years, she has taught photography and shown her work in international exhibitions, which tell the stories of people from a variety of communities. Her passion for and knowledge in artistry in Sri Lanka makes her a highly-engaging tour guide.