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Old September 14th, 2006, 05:58 PM   #1
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Geoffrey Bawa's creations

From Sri Lanka's most famous architect


Kandalama

A hotel in the blending into the jungle....

































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Old September 14th, 2006, 09:57 PM   #2
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fantastic thread

but its getting a bit spooky out here !! I was about to start a Geoffrey Bawa architecture thread today, and someone started it at the same time. Same yesterday, I wanted ot start a Sri Lanka highway thread and someone started it the same day

So I will add to this thread instead. Great architecture indeed. His fine blend of interior with exterior, nature-blending and subtle buildings is top notch. And the world certainly needs to see more of his work

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Old September 14th, 2006, 10:49 PM   #3
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Lunuganga Bentota, south west coast of Sri Lanka

Quite simply, a breathtakingly beautiful place. Its gardens are like a suite of serene outdoor rooms amid the wider wilderness of Sri Lanka, its plantation house ‘a civilised outpost on the edge of the known world’. The late Geoffrey Bawa, renowned architect and designer of Sri Lanka’s Houses of Parliament, spent 40 years transforming this abandoned rubber estate on the island’s west coast into a tropical idyll, with elegant Italianate gardens, courtyards, pools, walkways, pavilions – and inspirational views over the lake and jungle. It was his consummate legacy, the place he dreamed of retiring to.







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Old September 15th, 2006, 02:44 AM   #4
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Great pics....some of those pics look familiar....I wonder if I have been to any of those places.....
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Old September 15th, 2006, 11:53 AM   #5
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awesome!!!
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Old October 4th, 2006, 07:52 PM   #6
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Very Nice Thread.

His architecture is very inspiring. It is modern and organic. Did he design the furniture as well?
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Old October 5th, 2006, 01:06 AM   #7
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Bawa's office in Colombo

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Old October 5th, 2006, 01:33 AM   #8
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Bentota Beach Hotel














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Old April 17th, 2009, 12:27 PM   #10
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nice shots there man.......niceeee
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What hotel is this ? Is it still Bentota Beach Hotel?
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Old April 20th, 2009, 03:21 PM   #12
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more Kandalama..

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Old April 20th, 2009, 03:22 PM   #13
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Old April 20th, 2009, 03:23 PM   #14
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Old April 20th, 2009, 03:24 PM   #15
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An intricate blend between nature and building. Concrete, rock and trees all together makes Kandalama what is it. !









The landspace where the hotel is...



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Old April 20th, 2009, 03:58 PM   #16
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the one above is Triton Hotel right?
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Old April 21st, 2009, 01:44 PM   #17
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the one above is Triton Hotel right?
Yeah, but it is called Heritance Ahungalla now, just came back from a short trip there today, still is one of the best hotels down South...
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Old April 22nd, 2009, 03:22 PM   #18
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Some great pictures of the Kandalama hotel. Hoping to stay there one day. I have stayed a few times at the Lighthouse, Galle. What I do like about Bawa's work is the sense of space and place. That one room flows into another as a continual space rather than compartments. The use of natural materials both in the construction and in setting for example the way the building incorporates things like the rock features. The best proponent of tropical architecture. Having read Beyond Bawa you see some other stunning creations but Bawa was the original and the master.
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Some great pictures of the Kandalama hotel. Hoping to stay there one day. I have stayed a few times at the Lighthouse, Galle. What I do like about Bawa's work is the sense of space and place. That one room flows into another as a continual space rather than compartments. The use of natural materials both in the construction and in setting for example the way the building incorporates things like the rock features. The best proponent of tropical architecture. Having read Beyond Bawa you see some other stunning creations but Bawa was the original and the master.
I agree, but some of his colours and shades are a tad to dark for my liking...nevertheless a real pioneer architect for Sri Lanka and beyond...
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I understand what you mean Phil it does always seam to be ochre's and browns and creams. The black concrete pillars also seem to be signature in a number of his buildings. For me though walking up the signature spiral staircase at the lighthouse and then the reveal as you walk out onto the terrace give it an enormous sense of place. I also want to know where the stone comes from for the terrace at the lighthouse as I want some for my garden!!
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