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Heritance Ahungalla was built by Sri Lanka’s greatest architect, Geoffrey Bawa. He began his career as an architect at the late age of 37 (he originally trained as a lawyer in England). However, in a career that continued for nearly 40 years, he came to be regarded as the most prolific and respected architect Sri Lanka has ever produced.
Bawa was a genius at blending buildings with their natural environment, interconnecting outside spaces with the inside. As the Geoffrey Bawa Trust puts it:
“Bawa’s work is characterised by a sensitivity to site and context. He produced ‘sustainable architecture’ long before the term was coined, and had developed his own ‘regional modernist’ stance well in advance of the theoreticians. His designs broke down the barriers between inside and outside, between interior design and landscape architecture and reduced buildings to a series of scenographically conceived spaces separated by courtyards and gardens.”
At Heritance Ahungalla (previously known as the Triton Hotel), the natural environment is never far away. The polished open plan lobby seems to float between two pools of water, with the sea beyond, so as you approach the hotel you look straight through it without really seeing it. “If the world were flat, you would be able to see Africa,” Bawa himself observed.
The style of the hotel harks back to that of a traditional resthouse, with two wings under overhanging roofs. But tucked between the stairs and corridors are unexpected internal courtyards of greenery, again open to the elements.
Decoration is minimal – a giant white plaster pun kalas relief (clay pot of young coconut flowers) in the lobby, or jungle creepers painted by local artist Laki Senanayake snaking down a wall.
Bawa’s buildings are not just bricks and mortar, but the expression of intangible emotions. Heritance Ahungalla is the living embodiment of Geoffrey Bawa’s architectural vision.
His best known works are Lunuganga (his own garden in Bentota that he designed over a 40-year period), the Parliament of Sri Lanka and the Madurai Club in India. He also designed three of the Heritance Hotels – as well as Heritance Kandalama, he was the architect of Heritance Ahungalla and Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara.