Bawa’s ideas and styles
“His background enabled him to fit into almost any condition just like a chameleon” . He liked traveling. Beautiful images of the visited places nourished him. For example, gardens in Italy and courtyards in Alhambra. Elements of local architecture that inspired him were winding staircase of Sinhalese architecture, Portuguese’s half-round clay tile, and overhangs supported by columns of Dutch houses. These images assisted him in subconsciously integrating all these past architecture, into his designs to solve present needs. And for him, “a good Sri Lanka architecture was not narrowly classified as Indian, Portuguese or Dutch, early Sinhalese or Kandyan or British Colonial, for all the good examples of these periods had been integrated and introduced to the context of Sri Lanka ”.
Bawa was always a Modernist. His idea about designing was, “a design must originate from a clear statement of functional requirements. But, if the core idea for a building evolved from its functional purposes, its conception took place only when the core idea was introduced into a context” . For Bawa, the context referred to the local people, tradition, history, site and... [continues]
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