Despite his late entry into architecture, Geoffrey Manning Bawa FRIBA, explored modernism and its cultural implications and created a unique, recognizable style of design which had a lasting impact on architects across the world. Well versed in Modernist theory, Bawa was one of the original proponents of Tropical Modernism, a design movement in which sensitivity for local context combines with the form-making principles of modernism. Bawa’s architecture led to the formation of a new architectural identity and aesthetic for many tropical environments, a global design movement that focuses on increased natural ventilation, open spaces, and local resources, blending modernist architecture with nature and locality to adapt to hot, humid tropical conditions.
In his practice, Bawa tried to achieve a new, vital—and yet essentially Sri Lankan—architecture. He set out to make an architecture of place which responded to both physical and cultural contexts. He sought to develop a new contemporary language that was informed by lessons from the past, arguing that one should learn from the whole of history – “from Vignola to the Bauhaus”. Working like a scenographer, he conceived of a building as a series of tableaux to be experienced sequentially. He broke down the barriers between ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ and established a dialogue between building and landscape, juxtaposing buildings with each other or with natural features in such a way as to create outdoor rooms.
Institute of Architects Pakistan has invited Ar. Channa Daswatte, Chair of Geoffrey Bawa & Lunuganga Trust to present the life and works of the renowned Sri Lankan architect and all things 'Quintessentially Bawa' on Friday 17th July 2020 at 17:00 PKT (GMT+5/SGT-3). Ar. Ejaz Ahed and Ar. Sajjad Kausar will join Ar. Channa Daswatte for discussions moderated by Ar. Maria Ansari. The session will be hosted by Ar. M. Arif Changezi, President IAP and Ar. Khadija Jamal Shaban, Chairperson BAE-IAP.