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Geoffrey Bawa

Sri Lanka
born 1919, British Ceylon

Geoffrey Manning Bawa (23 July 1919 – 27 May 2003) was a Sri Lankan architect. He is the most renowned architect in Sri Lanka and was among the most influential Asian architects of his generation. He is the principal force behind what is today known globally as "Tropical Modernism".

He was..

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Bishop's College

Colombo, Sri Lanka
by Geoffrey Bawa

In 1960 Bawa prepared a development plan for Bishop's College, a girls' school to the south of the Beira Lake in Colombo, and as a result was asked to build a three-storey classroom block. The new classrooms were placed at first and second-floor level behind a breathing wall, while the ground..

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In 1961 the nuns of the Good Shepherd commissioned a new chapel for their convent in Bandarawela. This small market town was situated at 1300 metres above sea level in an area renowned for its pleasant, dry climate and the convent was used as a training centre and a rest home. The original..

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The Pradeep Jayewardene house was commissioned by the grandson of past Sri Lankan president J.R. Jayewardene in 1997. Pradeep asked architect and family friend Geoffrey Bawa to design an informal vacation home for the extended Jayawardene family in Mirissa, Sri Lanka. A fire had destroyed their..

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Clara Porset

Chimalistas, Mexico
born 1895, Matanzas

Clara Porset (May 25, 1895 – May 17, 1981) was a Cuban-born interior designer. From 1963 until her death, she worked in Mexico, where she is considered a pioneer in furniture design. She was educated in the United States and Cuba, and later studied in Europe in Germany and Paris. She also studied..

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The National Theatre in Uganda is the main component of the Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC). Designed by Peatfield and Bodgener Architects, it was the first modern theatre in Uganda. The 400-seat theatre was designed to cater for the needs of the small expatriate community resident in..

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Minnette de Silva

Kandy, Sri Lanka
born 1918, Kandy

Minnette de Silva (1 February 1918 – 24 November 1998) was an internationally recognized architect, considered the pioneer of the modern architectural style in Sri Lanka. She was a fellow of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects and a first Sri Lankan woman to be trained as an architect and the..

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Karunaratne house was Minnette de Silva's first project as well the first home ever designed by a woman in Sri Lanka. It was named after its owners and De Silva friends, who were ready to bet on the stubborn and talented young architect. Clinging to a hill, the home underlines a clear..

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Pieris House

Colombo, Sri Lanka
by Minnette de Silva

The Pieris House was De Silva's first commission in Colombo distinguished by open courtyards and terraces blurring the confines between interiors and exteriors with authentic local details like decorative leaf inlays on balconies and gates. This meda midula would become a hallmark of many of her..

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Between the late 1940s and early 1960s, de Silva designed and built dozens of homes, including her most Corbusiean structure, the Senanayake flats at Gregory’s Road in Colombo. This whitewashed building still stands, its modern exterior softened by the shrubs and trees she had planted in..

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The first Amerasinghe House was planned around a central court or midula and achieved a flow of space – and air – between interior and exterior. Solid walls were emphasised with the use of rough stone and kabook and the sliding glass screens were divided by a framework of coconut wood. The house..

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The Coomaraswamy Twin Houses in Albert Crescent were built in 1970 and seemed to herald a new chapter in Minnette’s work. They marked the end of her mainstream career. The design was one of Minnette’s most accomplished and was a successful fusion of Corbusian modernism with traditional Sinhalese..

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In 1982 De Silva was commissioned to design a performance centre for the Kandy Arts Association on a site near the Temple of the Tooth that overlooked the Kandy Lake. It was to be used for cultural shows and conferences and would house a main performance space as well as exhibition spaces. She..

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