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Geoffrey Bawa

Heritance Ayurveda Maha Gedara (previously the Neptune Hotel) 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 Ayurveda Maha Gedara, the natural environment is never far away. From the reception you walk out onto a large terrace overlooking the pool and beach, and all the corridors are open to the elements. The guest rooms are arranged around three sides of a grassy courtyard containing the pool and have an Andalucian simplicity, with rounded white arches and terracotta roof tiles.

Bawa’s best known works are Lunuganga (his own garden in Bentota that he designed over a 50-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 Ayurveda Maha Gedara, he was the architect of Heritance Kandalama and Heritance Ahungalla.

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