A 40-member team from the Indian Institute of Architects, Aurangabad centre had been to Sri Lanka recently to study creations of globally acclaimed Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa.
Bawa had obtained a degree in law from Britain and was a practising lawyer in Lanka but his heart was not in the legal profession. He later toured the globe and finally bought a house in Italy and developed a beautiful garden.
Later, he came back to Sri Lanka on the request of his brother Bevis and bought a big property called Rubber Estate near Betonda village and developed it on the line of Italian garden concept. This inspired him to become an architect. He went to London in 1957 and became an architect.
He later based himself in Kolupittiya village. There, he was living in a rented row house at The Alfred House Estate, a complex of four houses. He later made his office and house by combining all four houses that he bought from Herald.
This has become a revered place and tourist centre in Sri Lanka. The local team was very much impressed after visiting his creations including new office, which has now been converted into a restaurant Galleries, Hotel Hilton, Sima Malakaya Buddhist temple, Hotel Heritance Kandalama, Bentota Beach Hotel, Hotel The Blue Water, The Fortress, Lighthouse Hotel and Sri Lanka Parliament. The team found that Sri Lankan citizens had special affinity for Indians.
Architects Alkesh Gangwal, Piyush Kapadia, Yogendra Ballal, Namrata Paraswani and Amruta Daulatabadkar took special efforts for organising the tour which was effectively planned by Amit Jain of Manmandir Travels. Indian Institute of Architects, Aurangabad centre team that visited Sri Lanka recently