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The Sri Lanka Studio

6th Semester Project, Batch: 2014 - 2019

Instructors: Ajay K. Jacob, Chinnu S. Kumar, John B. John, Shanthi Suresh

1 Lunuganga Garden
2 The Site
3 Bentota Beach Hotel_Section
4 Bentota Beach Hotel_Study Model
5 Light House Hotel_Analysis
6 Light House Hotel_Study Model
7 Light House Hotel_Study Model
8 Kandalama Hotel_Study Model
9 Kandalama Hotel_Study Model
10 Institute for Integral Education_Study Model-min
11 Institute for Integral Education_Study Model
12 Sri Lankan Parliament_Study Model
13 Varada_Pre Concept
14 Anita_Design Development
15 Shaba_Concept
16 Shaba_Design Development
17 Shaba_Physical Model
18 Shaba_Physical Model
19 The Team at  Brief Garden-min

Project Description

This studio project was an attempt to study the works of architect Geoffrey Bawa over the period of time and come up with a hypothetical project ‘Bawa Foundation’, reflecting his attitude to life, architecture, art and design, relationship with nature and local culture. As part of the study, students visited Bawa’s important buildings including Sri Lankan Parliament at Kotte, Kandalama Hotel at Dambulla, Bentota Beach Hotel, Bawa’s Colombo residence and his Lunuganga Garden at Bentota. The students conducted sketch documentation and prepared scale models of selected buildings. 

The research led the students to a thorough appraisal of the important traditional buildings of Sri Lanka. And they also met Bawa’s long term associate and Sri Lanka’s foremost artist Laki Senanayake to learn about his experience working with Bawa. It was intriguing to know how Laki’s paintings and sculptures were integral part of one’s experience of Bawa’s architecture. And students also looked at Laki’s architectural renderings, since he was instrumental in developing the drawing style of Geoffrey Bawa’s practice.


The site for the proposed institution was identified opposite to Bawa’s Lunuganga Garden, offering views towards and from the garden across the lake. The proximity of Lunuganga Garden with the site became an important catalyst in the design process. 

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