Kandalama Hotel Dambulla (1991), photo: David Robson
Geoffrey Bawa in the Lunuganga garden (1991), photo: Dominic Sansoni
Batujimbar estate, Bali (1973), Alan Zecha house, photo: David Robson
Blue Water Hotel, Wadduwa (1996), photo: David Robson

Exhibition: "Bawa – Genius of Place" in Frankfurt

The Deutsches Architektur Museum in Frankfurt presents the exhibition "Bawa – Genius of Place" until October 17, 2004. Geoffrey Bawa is considered one of the most influential 20th century architects of Asia.


Geoffrey Bawa (1919 – 2003) studied at the Architectural Association in London and then returned to his home country of Sri Lanka. Relatively unknown in Europe, he is honored in Asia as a role model. In 2001 he was awarded the Aga Khan Prize for his lifetime achievements.


In his buildings, Bawa combined European modernism with tropical architecture. This mixture of East and West, tradition and modernism, became his trademark. He developed apartment houses, schools, universities, industrial buildings, and office buildings. In 1979 he designed the Sri Lanka parliament, and he designed Ruhunu University in 1980, which is constructed on rocks and has a view of the Indian Ocean. Bawa's architecture does not acknowledge the separation of interior and exterior, as is the case in Europe. The buildings are part of the landscape; nature merges with them to create a single space. His own home, the Lunuganga estate, was his own very personal project. Lunugange is now considered a treasured work of art representing a combination of English park landscape, Renaissance ambiance and rainforest; today it is one of the most important gardens in Asia.

The exhibition presents the entire oeuvre of Bawa through pictures, models, films and furniture. With the use of fabrics, art and materials from Sri Lanka, it creates an authentic ambiance.


Deutsches Architekturmuseum

Schaumainkai 43

D - 60596 Frankfurt



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