Number 11

Number 11, Colombo: Address, Phone Number, Number 11 Reviews: 4.5/5

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Kai Wah
By Kai Wah
Unpleasant experience...
Feb. 2020
This is a very nice place of the well-known Sri Lankan architect named Geoffrey Bawa who was a lawyer turned to an architect, out of interest. His concept of “inside out and outside in” design is interesting which brings the elements of outside the house into the house through some courtyard design which allow himself to enjoy the sunlight/ rain water while inside the house. The entrance fee is LKR1,000 which is rather steep, furthermore many sections are not allowed for photo takings. The interior remains the same as much as the same when he was living in the house with his personal collections and artefacts, including a vintage Rolls-Royce, as explained by the narrator. The experience of visiting this place was less than ideal due to few reasons. First, visitors are expected to adhere to the guided tour timings (10am, 12pm, 2pm & 3.30pm). Second, the congregation area is very small and tight for comfort (where it was about 20 plus visitors during our tour). Introductory program via a small TV which we could not see the TV screen at all as it was blocked by the visitor sitting in front. Lastly, there was an incident that one of the visitor accidentally took picture at a section where photo taking is prohibited. We were surprised by the reaction of the tour guide who raised his voice at the visitor and reprimanded her by saying “DON’T MAKE ME REPEAT FOR THE SECOND TIME!” The visitor apologised with remark “sorry” softly. We were completely appalled by his arrogant remarks and the entire experience made us rather uncomfortable. There were 20 plus of us and most of the time it was hardly to gather all of us at one go, trying hard to listen to what he said since the place is rather small and tight. It would be not too much to ask for if he could remind the visitor with more polite tone. After all, we are paying visitors and there is no need to treat us like criminals (for taking photo at wrongfully). Our final verdict is - we like the place, but not how the way it is organised and administered.

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Kai Wah
Malaysia2,782 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Couples
This is a very nice place of the well-known Sri Lankan architect named Geoffrey Bawa who was a lawyer turned to an architect, out of interest. His concept of “inside out and outside in” design is interesting which brings the elements of outside the house into the house through some courtyard design which allow himself to enjoy the sunlight/ rain water while inside the house. The entrance fee is LKR1,000 which is rather steep, furthermore many sections are not allowed for photo takings. The interior remains the same as much as the same when he was living in the house with his personal collections and artefacts, including a vintage Rolls-Royce, as explained by the narrator. The experience of visiting this place was less than ideal due to few reasons. First, visitors are expected to adhere to the guided tour timings (10am, 12pm, 2pm & 3.30pm). Second, the congregation area is very small and tight for comfort (where it was about 20 plus visitors during our tour). Introductory program via a small TV which we could not see the TV screen at all as it was blocked by the visitor sitting in front. Lastly, there was an incident that one of the visitor accidentally took picture at a section where photo taking is prohibited. We were surprised by the reaction of the tour guide who raised his voice at the visitor and reprimanded her by saying “DON’T MAKE ME REPEAT FOR THE SECOND TIME!” The visitor apologised with remark “sorry” softly. We were completely appalled by his arrogant remarks and the entire experience made us rather uncomfortable. There were 20 plus of us and most of the time it was hardly to gather all of us at one go, trying hard to listen to what he said since the place is rather small and tight. It would be not too much to ask for if he could remind the visitor with more polite tone. After all, we are paying visitors and there is no need to treat us like criminals (for taking photo at wrongfully). Our final verdict is - we like the place, but not how the way it is organised and administered.
Written 7 March 2020
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hoi61
Austria66 contributions
Feb. 2020
Not only was it wonderful to be houseguest in Geoffrey Bawa's Colombo home, but to be looked after by the kindred spirit of Rohana, a 'butler' who served Mr Bawa in his late years too, was absolutely wonderful. What gracious people in that house. I cannot fault anybody for anything. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to study the home and have a really good guided tour on top of it with manager Priyanka and on the side with dear Rohana. thank you!
Written 12 February 2020
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KimiXD
Kyoto, Japan19 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Family
You can imagine how the famous architect lived in this stylish yet simple house. If you are interested in architecture and interior design, you'll definitely love this venue. Personally I wanted to know a bit more deeply about Bawa's life and personality.

バワ氏が静かに暮らした素敵なおうち。建築やインテリアに興味のある人ならぜひ。個人的には、もう少し家にまつわる彼の生活や人となりについて説明があれば、より楽しめたと思います。
Written 11 February 2020
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Saibal S
San Francisco, CA2,243 contributions
Dec. 2019
Geoffrey Bawa and anything to do with him, has a very revered space in Sri Lanka. I don't think it was worth spending 1000 Sri Lankan Rupees per head and two hours of my time. The tour was crowded and you cannot access or photograph many parts.
Written 2 January 2020
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WOJD64
Adelaide, Australia717 contributions
Oct. 2019
We had been to Brief earlier in the day so this complemented our experience. A interesting house with amazing artefacts. Great story’s behind his collection including the Rolls.
Written 12 October 2019
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Chickerdees
Melbourne, Australia372 contributions
Sep. 2019 • Friends
The home of the late architect Geoffrey Bawa is fascinating as his story of acquisition and change to the property is explained. It is a very interesting home. The artworks of Australian Donald Friend embellished the property which is available as rental accommodation.
Written 17 September 2019
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rjpriyanka
323 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
This place have some interesting collection of art pieces. The place itself is beautifully constructed.
Written 29 April 2019
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Umang A
Mumbai, India722 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
This place is wonder of architecture. Beuatifully constructed place amaze you with it's design. It also host some beautiful work by local artists.
Written 28 April 2019
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Refuser
Harleston, UK430 contributions
Jan. 2019 • Couples
If you are interested in architecture book this guided tour in advance. A short guided tour of the Colombo home of the architect Bawa , the gentleman guide was very knowledgeable .
Written 7 February 2019
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DesignFan
London12 contributions
Jan. 2019 • Couples
What an incredible place and a perfect end to our Bawa tour of the country. A unique insight in his life and passions - absolutely worth a visit.
Written 2 February 2019
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