The Geoffrey Bawa Trust celebrates the shortlist, as well as the awards.
The much-awaited grand finale of the Geoffrey Bawa Awards 2016/17 for Excellence in Architecture was held on 23rd July 2017, at the Park Street Mews, Colombo 2.
Architect Thisara Thanapathy walked away with creatively designed ' Obelisk" trophy and the grand prize of Rupees One Million for "Spa in Santani" in Kandy designed by him.
Ward Beling (Trustee of Geoffrey Bawa Trust), Sri Lanka Institute of Architects President D. The judges, having deliberated in January, visited 15 projects, out of which 11 have been shortlisted.
Also for the first time, we have two unexpected projects which have been shortlisted.
Shayan Kumaradas Institutional Category: Kaithady District Vocational Training Center, Jaffna by Archt. Honorable mention: Auditorium & Accommodation Chinmaya Mission, Ramboda by Archt.
Yudish Ganesen Leisure and Entertainment: Spa at Santani, Kandy by Archt.What connects the 11 shortlisted projects is not easy to classify but if they have anything in common it would be that they all question in some way or other what we come to expect when we think of contemporary architecture in the country.To this end, the introduction of categories by the judges was introduced this year in response to the fact that many of our assumptions about contemporary Sri Lankan architecture are in a stage of flux.The Best of Category Awards winners were; Residential Category: Studio Dwelling, Rajagiriya by Archt.Palinda Kannangara Commercial Category: Citizens Development Business Finance PLC Bank and Corporate Office, Colombo 10 by Archt.One by a non- architect who is Sri Lankan and the other by a foreign architect.