Bevis and Geoffrey Bawa were Sri Lankan, the sons of a successful Moorish lawyer and his Burgher wife, and grew up in a leafy suburb of Colombo during the final years of the British Empire. Bevis died in 1992 and Geoffrey in 2003. They were competitive siblings and each made a garden, both distinctly different but with clear points in common. Today the gardens are open to the public, and the Bawa name, largely thanks to Geoffrey’s reputation as an architect, is among the greats of 20th-century ‘Tropical Modernism’ in Asia.
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