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Beyond Bawa

Modern Masterworks of Monsoon Asia

David Robson

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An introduction to current architectural practice in south Asia and a fitting tribute to the creativity of a very special architect and the talented generations he has inspired


Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa was among the most influential figures in south Asia. In houses, hotels, public buildings and his country estate at Lunuganga, Bawa achieved the harmonious and pleasurable fusion of local building traditions with modern forms. His forty-year career has become legendary across the world and remains an inspiration for generations of architects.

Bawa was the principal force behind what is today known globally as ‘tropical modernism’, and examples of his ideas can be found in Sri Lanka, Singapore and Bali but also throughout wider Asia. Beyond Bawa considers his continuing influence through the work of contemporary architects working in the region.

The first section of the book is an overview of Bawa and his contribution to contemporary architecture which presents material that has come to light since the publication of Geoffrey Bawa: The Complete Works. The main section is the presentation of twenty-four contemporary architects, ranging from well-known practitioners such as Australian Kerry Hill to local talents such as Anjalendran, and works they have created over the past ten years that reveal the long-lasting significance of Bawa’s uniquely sensitive approach to building and the landscape.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 27.9 x 26.0 cm

Extent: 264 pp

Publication date: 28 July 2014

ISBN: 9780500291566

Contents List

Introduction Part I: A LIFE IN ARCHITECTURE Two Gardens Towards Architecture Brief Encounters A Way of Drawing Courtyards and Verandahs An Architect to the State Bali Interlude Two Books and an Exhibition More Books The Last Decade Part II: A SRI LANKAN LEGACY Some Architects of Sri Lanka Some Style-makers of Sri Lanka Part III: OVER THE OCEAN: Bali, Singapore Some Architects of the Archipelago Bawa’s Legacy Notes Bibliography Glossary Index

About the Author

David Robson is the author of Bawa: The Complete Works and Beyond Bawa, both published by Thames & Hudson.

Richard Powers’ books include The Iconic House, Beyond Bawa and New Natural Home, all published by Thames & Hudson.

List of Contributors

Richard Powers