Ena De Silva House

No.5, Lunuganga, Bentota

2009

Project Details

5 Bed Rooms, 5 Bathrooms, 6000 Sq.ft

Reconstruction of Ena De Silva House at Lunuganga for Geoffery Bawa Foundation. Originally Ena De Silva house was located at No.5, Alfred Place. The artist and designer Ena De Silva and her husband Osmund commissioned Geoffrey Bawa to design their home in 1962. The beautiful Ena de Silva house is truly a masterpiece that well deserves to be seen and admired. The house is indeed a work of art, beautified to perfection by Ena De Silva herself. However, in 2009 when Ena wished to sell the land the house was plan to build on, the Lunuganga Trust worked with a team of architects, archaeologists and engineers to careful disassemble the house and rebuild it stone by stone at Lunuganga, where it stands today. “If you know where to look, you can find the numbers all over Ena De Silva’s house. Faded yet are sequential, grouped according to their location in the structure. The whole system relies on thousands of components falling into place. Standing there, one might suspect to be surrounded by an enormous jigsaw puzzle-which isn’t all that far from the truth.” Smriti Daniel-Al Ja (2016). “It is probably the most important house in the history of contemporary South Asian architecture because it changes the way we looked at ourselves and our past” says Architect Channa Daswatte, an architect and trustee for the Architect Geroffrey Bawa Trust. Architect Amila De Mel was the project Architect for reconstruction of this masterpiece. She was the project leader of this impossible task to get to finish. She said that she learned a lot from seeing one of the master’s home stripped down to the skeleton. Mr.Nilan Cooray, conservation specialist was brought to the task his twin interest in archaeology and architecture. Structural Engineer Deepal Wickramasinghe and Senior Quantity Surveyor Mr. Joe Fernando was the structural and cost consultants.

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