Beyond Bawa: Modern Masterworks of Monsoon Asia

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NY 2008 Hard Cover First Edition New in New jacket Quarto. 264 pp; 377 color & over 225 b/w illustrations; bibliography. Hardcover with dustjacket. Fine/Fine. Sri Lankan ... architect Geoffrey Bawa (1919-2003) 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. The book highlights the achievements of 24 contemporary architects, including Australian Kerry Hill, and Anjalendran. Read more Show Less

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One of the most influential names in Sri Lankan architecture,Geoffrey Bawa is represented here through images of his houses,hotels, public buildings, and the famous complex at Lunuganga
Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa was among the most influential figures in South Asia in the latter half of the twentieth century. In houses, hotels, public buildings, and perhaps his greatest achievement, his residential complex in Lunuganga, Bawa achieved the harmonious and pleasurable fusion of local building traditions with modern forms. His legacy lives on in current architectural practice and remains an important source of 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, and in resorts and residences throughout wider Asia.The book first presents a useful overview of Bawa and his contribution to contemporary architecture. The main section highlights the achievements of twenty-four contemporary architects, ranging from well-known practitioners such as Australian Kerry Hill to local talents such as Sri Lankan Anjalendran. The works they have created over the past ten years reveal the long-lasting significance of Bawa’s approach to building and the landscape.

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Geoffrey Bawa (1919-2003) was trained in two professions-architecture and law-and integrated two architectural traditions. Like Louis I. Kahn, he admired such modern techniques and design principles as clarity of structure, integrity of materials, and open plans; also like Kahn, he united a modernist view with a vernacular tradition-namely, the regionalism of tropical Sri Lanka. Robson, who taught with Bawa at Sri Lanka's University of Colombo in the 1970s, previously published a monograph on the architect (Geoffrey Bawa: The Complete Works). This volume's first 100 pages make up more a historiography than a history of Bawa and his work, and the influence of the Aga Khan's support of the so-called White Book, Brian Brace Taylor's 1986 monograph, becomes evident. The balance traces the influence of Bawa's achievement on numerous architects and designers in Sri Lanka and Singapore, locations of the majority of his work. An epilog summarizes the principles of Bawa's legacy and includes useful notes on the environmental effects of cooling ("The Use and Abuse of Air-Conditioning"). Powers's photographs are highly descriptive, but the small number of floor plans is regrettable. Highly recommended for larger or comprehensive architecture and interior design collections.
—Paul Glassman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500342381
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 10.44 (w) x 11.36 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

David Robson was Professor of Architecture at the University of Brighton and Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore. He lives in Britain and Sri Lanka.

Richard Powers is an architectural and interiors photographer.

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