The late Geoffrey Bawa was one of Sri Lanka’s most influential 20th century architect who was responsible for linking the ancient architecture of this island with that of the modern world. Drawing ideas from the ancient kingdoms of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa as well as the colonial influences of the Portuguese and Dutch periods, Bawa had a deep understanding and appreciation of the country’s cultural heritage. He left his footprint as one of the most influential and renowned Asian architects of his era. Bawa was the principal driving force behind what is now globally known as tropical modernism belonging to the Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architecture. A few hotels and villas designed by Geoffrey Bawa and Bawa’s personal spaces can be described as follows:
Heritance Kandalama- Heritance Kandalama is set in the midst of all green tropical landscape and providing a host of luxurious facilities, wanting the guests to wander back into this marvelous location. From timber framed rooms to an infinity pool and restaurants to relish local and foreign cuisines as well as extravagant spa treatments, the service quality will always make you feel relaxed.
Heritance Ahungalla- Situated just a few minutes away from the historic city of Galle on the south coast, Heritance Ahungalla was an early creation of Bawa which was completed in 1981. The rooms are designed tastefully to reflect a sense of elegance and sophistication with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.
The last House- Located in the outskirts of Tangalle, positioned on an idyllic strip of land, the Last House consists of six bedrooms which was named after Geoffrey Bawa’s favorite trees are comfortably furnished with king-sized or twin beds. It can be booked individually or in combination as suites.
Countryside residence Lunuganga - Was originally an old rubber plantation that Geoffrey Bawa transformed into a haven of peace, a garden retreat. Offers guests a rare opportunity to step inside the private life of one of the world’s most celebrated architects after it was opened as an exclusive boutique hotel in December 2005.
Paradise Road Gallery Café- Is one of Sri Lanka’s leading restaurants which used to be the office of Geoffrey Bawa. Serving as an art gallery that promotes the creative talents of young artists, the premises also provides a memorable dining experience.