Lunuganga - Geoffrey Bawa

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Lunuganga
Three kilometres inland from Bentota
Sri Lanka

Geoffrey Bawa bought an abandoned rubber estate in 1948 with a view to transforming it into a landscaped garden that would evoke memories of the English and Italian gardens that he admired. He named it Lunuganga or Salt River. The estate covered an area of about eight hectares and straddled two hills on a promontory that projected out into the Deduwa Lagoon, about three kilometres inland from Bentota. A dilapidated bungalow sat on the summit of the northern hill with limited views of the lake and was surrounded by a forest of tired old rubber trees. Over the next 50 years, the garden project would take much of his free time and money. It evolved as a serendipitous journey without a fixed
plan, though its progress was recorded in a series of beautiful drawings, executed at ten-yearly intervals.

In Search of Bawa: Master Architect of Sri Lanka. September 2016
von David Robson (Autor)
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