To fully understand a place, its customs and traditions, youneed to get acquainted with the locals. In this edition of FindingEye Candy, we continue to take you on a trail of discoverythrough Sri Lanka, visiting two of the country’s most importantdestinations for design and architecture enthusiasts.
What lies amidst this equatorial country’s mysterious andbeautiful natural landscape is the renowned architectural works of who would become known as the father of tropical modernism. His name was Geoffrey Bawa, a Sri Lankan of British decent. Born in the capital city, Colombo in 1919, Bawamoved to England as a young adult to further his studies in English and Law. He then traveled all over the United States and Europe and finally returned to his birth country where he changed the course of his life and career by changing from a career as a lawyer to becoming a prominent architect.
Bawa’s first steps to becoming an architect began as an apprentice at the architectural firm Edwards, Reid and Begg in 1951. Wanting to master the technical skills he then returned to London to attend the Architecture Association.
Coming back with the requisite know how, Bawa partnered with Edwards, Reid and Begg and later with Dr. K Poologasundram in establishing the company 2 Alfred House Road, who’s address (of the same name) would later become one of the most frequently visited destinations for travelers in the city of Colombo.