David Robson – Bawa in the ’90s

Lecture date: 2002-11-29

‘When Bawa closed his practice at the end of the 1980s it was widely assumed he would retire to Lunuganga to contemplate his garden. However, in 1990, working from his Colombo home, he began producing a steady stream of fresh designs with a small group of young architects: in 1996, he completed the Kandalama Hotel on a site looking across an ancient reservoir towards the distant citadel of Sigiriya; the following year, his minimalist design for a house on the cliffs at Mirissa finally confounded those critics who had pigeonholed him as a vernacular regionalist.’

David Robson, author of Geoffrey Bawa: The Complete Works and curator of the AA exhibition Geoffrey Bawa: Drawings gives a talk on Bawas work in the 1990s. A former AA student, Bawa was Sri Lanka’s most prolific and influential architect and one of the most important Asian architects of his generation.


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