Architecture of Geoffrey Bawa : Lunuganga - 2 (Bentota, Sri Lanka)

However, after I went around the site entirely, only the impression of the part was left into me though each one was splendid. Those are the architecture of pleasure of him, by him and for him and don’t need the evaluation by others. The lack of the logic of general way for designing possible for anyone to decipher might be no inconvenient for him.

After all, did Bawa find the completed form of a utopia after 50 years of trial and error ?

The answer would be “no”?

He created the perfect one, but, after the completion, he felt discontent due to the lack of anything, and, in order to solve that, he had to step into the next design. Such process must have been repeated constantly.

The more his disatisfection increased, the more his obsession goes toward to the little part in the parts, and the details become more and more enlarged. He had been addicted to the Mannerism.

I could not understand well, but the reason for the charm that is hard to deny may actually be hidden there.

"The feeling of incompleteness that can not be completed forever", "the feeling of absence as if the essence is hidden behind the enlargement of the part", “the feeling of discordance that he longed for European culture and tried to reproduce it but the place is different and he is no European person himself ", and" the loneliness feeling that he was not restricted by no one", I had red the overlap of such feelings of loss.

That must be the reason why Lunuganga communicates with bored contemporary people who are suspicious for the bright future.

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20 minutes by car from downtown Bentota.



Geoffrey Bawa the Complete Works (David Robson, Thames & Hudson, 2002)

2008.07 Photos in English version, and photos and text in Japanese version

2018.01 Change of photos and English text

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Lunuganga (1948 - 1998) - Garden

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