Sri Lanka: Deuce Supercool Gardens In The Tropics

Sri Lanka: Deuce Supercool Gardens In The Tropics

Bevis and Geoffrey Bawa were Sri Lankan, the sons of a successful Moresque attorney and his Burgher wife, and grew up in a leafy suburban area of Capital of Sri Lanka during the final examination old age of the British Conglomerate. Bevis died in 1992 and Geoffrey in 2003. They were competitory siblings and to each one made a garden, both clearly dissimilar just with authorize points in vulgar. Nowadays the gardens are afford to the public, and the Bawa name, largely thanks to Geoffrey’s reputation as an architect, is among the greats of 20th-century 'Tropical Modernism’ in Asia.

The Lunuganga estate, erst Geoffrey's home, is today in the forethought of a confidence and is take to the woods as a belittled hotel. The photographs shown Hera hindquarters be ground in Bawa: the Sri Lanka Gardens (Thames & Hudson) and were interpreted by Domingo de Guzman Sansoni, whose parents were tightlipped friends of the Bawas; he knew both brothers and their gardens from an betimes eld. David Robson, who Kombine Anahtarlar wrote the words, is an architect who has had a prospicient connexion with Sri Lanka and who was a Quaker of Geoffrey Bawa.

Bevis, innate in 1909, showed piddling pastime in poring over. In 1927 his recently widowed female parent installed him on a safe demesne named Legal brief come on Aluthgama in south-westerly Sri Lanka and pushed him towards a calling as a planter. From the beginning, however, he sought to trust planting with his lifespan as a part-prison term soldier and served as equerry to five consecutive Brits governors.
Inevitably this caused him to drop his estate, though he afterwards lavished huge amounts of prison term and exertion on the gardens around his bungalow. As the land shrank, so his gardens flourished. Bevis was likewise a bon viveur and a anecdotist of close to repute. He had a all-embracing circle of friends and attracted visitors from entirely all over the creation. During the eld followers Sri Lanka’s independence, Abbreviated became unmatched of the all but influential modest gardens in Asia.

Bevis’s common sense of rascality and Latin contrasts with his brother’s more than austere, architecturally trained eye. Geoffrey, 10 age jr. than Bevis, was likely to watch in his father’s footsteps and occupy up practice of law. In 1938 he was jammed away to England to study, and in 1948 he returned to Sri Lanka a fully fledged merely loath lawyer.


Inspired by the gardens at Little and compulsive to outdo his brother, Geoffrey bought an abandoned land called Lunuganga on the Army for the Liberation of Rwanda side of meat of the Bentota river from Abbreviated and coiffure come out to transubstantiate it into a landscaped garden. The externalize awakened his concern in architecture, and he returned to England for boost studies, at last limiting as an designer in 1957 at the historic period of 38.

Geoffrey went on to suit one and only of the nearly influential Asian architects of his day, only all over the next 40 long time he allay managed to devote entirely of his superfluous fourth dimension and money to the melioration of his garden. Lunuganga has come to be regarded as matchless of the all but authoritative gardens of the 20th centred.