Sri Lanka’s most beloved architect, Geoffrey Bawa, had a home at Lununganga, near Bentota, and about 2 hours north of Talalla Retreat.
The man who created “tropical modernism” certainly created a personal utopia here. Butterfly lakes open up onto acres of stepped grounds, with gates to nowhere interspersed in the undergrowth.
This is the country estate of the artist, started in 1947, and the very location that led him to becoming an architect.
Throughout his life, Mr Bawa continued to change and experiment with the space. This hand-chiseled sandstone leopard overlooks the gardens, keeping watch over the estate and the memory this historic Sri Lankan.
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