Blue lights around the property soften the angular architecture, fostering a sense of tranquility.
The lighting follows existing contours, providing viewing frames.
Blue and white lights combine with the moonlight to create dramatic highlights and shadows. The highlights and shadows create mystery.
During the nightly purification ceremony on the river, flickering oil lamps drift in the water.
The darkness heightens one's appreciation for the sounds of nature: the rippling of the river and canal, the chirping of crickets, the croaking of frogs, the whisp of the wind as it glides through palm fronds, ...
What are the odds of having not one but two aesthetic geniuses in the family? Geoffrey Bawa helped define what has come to be known as tropical modern design, a blend of native, colonial, and contemporary materials, concerns, and aesthetics. Geoffrey Bawa’s influence may be found in resorts and villas across Asia including Sri Lanka. Geoffrey Bawa’s brother was similarly talented. A key interest of both Bawas was the blurring of indoor and outdoor spaces.
The Bawas were from a cosmopolitan and eccentric family. That worldliness and eccentricity is reflected in their artistic creations. Michael Ondaatje’s insightful and entertaining Running in the Family provides a great feel for the sort of background in which the Bawas were raised.
To experience the genius of the Bawa brothers, we suggest a visit to Bewis Bawa’s masterpiece, Brief Garden, in the morning.
After an hour or two at Brief Garden, head to Lunagunga, Geoffrey Bawa’s retreat. You might w...