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Why Number 11 is special ?
Number 11 is a compact, three-storey villa that has been featured in many a book on Geoffrey Bawa and Sri Lankan architecture. It incorporates Bawa’s signature architectural features of courtyards and verandahs. Enter through the main doorway into the carport where Bawa’s exquisite vintage cars – a Rolls Royce and Mercedes Coupe is parked. The ground floor consists of the living & dining areas, Bawa’s bedroom and office room kept in its original state with his private collections of art & sculpture designed by famous Sri Lankan artists including Laki Senanayake, Donald Friend, and Ena de Silva; and personally designed furniture and light fittings are all still in place. The office room houses his collection of books and architectural drawings of all that he has created over the years – beautiful private homes, hotels and public buildings. The ground floor can be accessed only with prior permission from the Bawa Trust office that also conducts official tours of the ground floor. Number 11 as well as Lunuganga is managed by the Geoffrey Bawa Trust.
- Geoffrey Bawa's home
- Perfect way to spend an hour
- Masterful use of space
- Hidden architectural gem
- A must for those interested in design and architecture
No.11, 33rd Lane, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Tips for you
This is the original home of Geoffrey Bawa, renowned architect of Sri Lanka, hidden away at number 11, 33rd Lane. For anyone with an interest in design this is a must visit. The one hour tour starts with a short video on some history of Bawa and the development of this amazing property, and then you are walked through the various sections of what is an amazing home, finishing on the rooftop terrace. Photography is fine except in a few spots and the explanations are thorough. Note, you need to check times as they only run four tours a day.