Pick-up passengers from Colombo Hotel and start Colombo Art Burst Tour.
Begin the day at one of the city’s best galleries with an introduction to the contemporary Sri Lankan art scene, then visit the architect Geoffrey Bawa’s former residence and learn about his unique style, projects such as the new Parliament building (outside) and his personal history.
Geoffrey Bawa’s former residence
The house in 33rd Lane is an essay in architectural bricollage. In 1958 Bawa bought the third in a row of four small houses which lay along a short cul-de-sac at the end of a narrow suburban lane and converted it into a pied-à-terre with living room, bedroom, tiny kitchen and room for a servant. When the fourth bungalow became vacant this was colonised to serve as dining room and second living room. Ten years later the remaining bungalows were acquired and added into the composition and the first in the row was demolished to be replaced by a four-storey tower.
The final result is an introspective labyrinth of rooms and garden courts which together create the illusion of limitless space. Words like inside and outside lose all meaning: here are rooms without roofs and roofs without walls, all connected by a complex matrix of axes and internal vistas.
If the main part of the house is an evocation of a lost world of verandahs and courtyards assembled from a rich collection of traditional devices and plundered artefacts, the new tower which rises above the car port is nothing less than a reworking of Corb’s Maison Citrohan and serves as a periscope which rises from a shady nether world to give views out across the treetops towards the sea.
Now everyone in the Art and Architecture tour in Sri Lanka Stops for lunch at the Gallery Café and then enjoy meeting one of Sri Lanka’s most talented contemporary artists in their studio, before visiting Barefoot, the pioneering shop set up by the artist and writer Barbara Sansoni in the 1980s with its fantastic courtyard gallery.
The Gallery Café
The Gallery Café Is One Of Colombo’s Most Consistently Popular Restaurants Offering International Fusion Cuisine And Local Favourites.
Barefoot products are handmade. The natural yarns use have been dyed and woven by hand. All materials including dyes are safe and eco-friendly. The craft skills at Barefoot are timeless. Barefoot began over 40 years ago when Barbara Sansoni was invited to design cloth for women learning to weave in a convent workshop North of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Today the company she founded has a small team of dedicated designers who work with their own dyers, weavers and skilled needle women.