Geoffrey Bawa Number 11, Colombo
Geoffrey Bawa Number 11, Colombo - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: Geoffrey Bawa Number 11, 00300, 33rd Ln, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka
Ticket Price: 1000 INR
Time Required: 00:40 Mins
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About Geoffrey Bawa Number 11, Colombo
Deshamanya Geoffrey Manning Bawa was a renowned Sri Lankan architect who nearly single handedly formed the style known as tropical modernism. The unassuming looking house is where he stayed for 40 years. It incorporates many of his influences. His bedrooms and office have been kept as he used them. You'll see his vintage cars, a collection of art and sculpture, documents, drawings and other artefacts from his life. The house is also used as guest accommodation these days, so you can book a room here if you wish. That will give you access to the terrace.
Geoffrey Bawa Number 11 Information
- The house is open by appointment only.
Geoffrey Bawa Number 11 Opening and Closing Hours
- Monday – Friday : 10.00 am , 12 noon, 2.00 pm & 3:30 pm
- Saturday : 12 noon, 2.00 pm & 3:30 pm
- Sunday : 10.00 am
How To reach Geoffrey Bawa Number 11 by Public Transport
- Take a tuk-tuk, taxi, or local bus to here.
- Drive or walk to here.
- Campus Bus Stop
- British Council Bus Stop
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Geoffrey Bawa Number 11, Colombo Reviews
Firstly when we arrived 15 minutes early for the tour we were very rudely told by the lady who runs the tour that there was no place for us to wait inside. Furthermore be aware that there is no real parking at the residence and no indication of this , if you arrive by car you need to park in the next street. As you enter there is a beautiful vintage car parked in the garage and the current residents personal vehicle parked next to it. Personally if found this a bit tacky and thought the modern car detracted from the overall effect of the space as presented on the tour. The introductory video gives a good description of the house but offers no insight into the life of Geoffrey Bawa or the overall philosophy and design principles of the house. When led inside the house a description of each area and each point of interest is given and a pamphlet with more information is given to visitors . However , the tour guide was not particularly knowledgeable about the house or the life of Bawa. When asked for more insight the tour guide would simply say 'read the pamphlet'. Bawa possesses the most interesting person collection of paintings and sculptures and it is well worth spending time to appreciate each piece. Be aware that inside were the most interesting artifacts of Bawa's personal collection are housed there are no pictures allowed. It is ridiculous to run a professional tour with no place for visitors to wait, surely some small waiting area could be provisioned inside ? We were largely ignored by the tour guide and treated as more of a nuisance than a guest. Personally I think the tour has a lot to be desired for in both in the presentation of the tour and the attitude of the tours management. To present the work of Geoffrey Bawa is a privilege and should be treated with respect ,those who present his work should be passionate and well read and versed in his life and work . However ,having said the above , the work of Geoffrey Bawa speaks for itself and is a definite must for architecture lovers. There is a real sense of lightness and surprise within the house. I would advise visitors to ignore the inadequacy of the tour and the rude staff and simply enjoy the house as it was meant to be enjoyed.
Place of Pilgrimage for artists and architects. Lovely collection and we'll preserved. Shows off his style and penchant for having the right piece of art and right piece of furniture in the right place. Well ventilated with small cutouts to let out the heat, bring in light and minimum rainfall into the house. Need to make appointments online before visiting. Small place, tightly managed, no nonsense.
The Sri Lankan Architect Geoffrey Bawa is now regarded as having been one of the most important and influential Asian architects of the twentieth century. His international standing was confirmed in 2001 when he received the special chairman’s award in the eighth cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, becoming only the third architect and the first non-Moslem to be so honoured since the award’s inception..... Excellent spot to visit as an architect
What a place to be... Wonderful experience & video clipping on his house development; thought process gone into while making this house is tremendous learning... Beautiful house with ethnicity heritage outlook
Very interesting building created from three small houses. If you are in to architecture well worth a visit.