Krrish Square

In the heart of Colombo, Sri Lanka, a lot surrounds a historic British-colonial building. Colombo / Sri Lanka / 2016

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In this country, density is not limited and the program quickly takes on an exceptional scale: 450,000 m² are planned for offices, apartments, a hotel, a cinema, and a commercial center. The challenge becomes how to successfully create such a massive program adjacent to a historic monument. The street in front of the colonial building is redefined: the historic monument becomes the celebrated entrance for the new project. The luxury commercial center is organized on several levels within the thickness of the tower bases. The façades are covered with vegetation, a reminder of the hills of Ceylan tea production, and serve as a backdrop for the creation of an original décor. Two spectacular bridges unite the three towers. One faces the port and is the lobby of the hotel, situated at 300 meters in the air and equipped with a swimming pool, restaurant and garden. The other faces the beaches and the sea. It is the lobby for the apartments, the spa, the fitness center, the salon, and other commodities. The peak of the hotel is at 400 meters, just above the offices. A multiplex cinema completes the program, situated at the -1 level. The parking is mechanized, emerging punctually at the borders of the redesigned city block. The project is a new amenity for the city, expanding progressively at the ground plane in order to avoid the habitual “podium” that is often found in this type of project. / En plein centre-ville de Colombo, un ilot abrite un bâtiment historique colonial britannique. Au Sri-Lanka, la densité n’est pas limitée. Le programme prend très vite une ampleur exceptionnelle : 450 000 m2 sont envisagés ici, pour autant de bureaux, appartements, hôtel, centre commercial (mall et multiplexe). Un challenge à construire face au monument historique. La rue devant le bâtiment colonial est retraitée : le monument devient l’entrée monumentale du complexe à construire. Le centre commercial de grand luxe s’organise sur plusieurs niveaux, dans l’épaisseur des pieds des trois tours. Un traitement végétal des façades, mémoire des collines de thé de Ceylan, sert de fond au monument pour reconstituer un décor originel. Deux ponts spectaculaires unissent les trois tours. L’un est face au port ; c’est le lobby de l’hôtel, situé à quelques 300 mètres de haut, avec piscine, restaurant, et jardin. L’autre est face aux plages et à la mer. C’est le lobby des appartements, dans lequel on trouve spa, fitness, salon et autres commodités. L’hôtel culmine à 400 mètres, au-dessus des bureaux. Un multiplexe complète le programme et sera situé au -1 du mall. Les parkings seront mécanisés, leurs émergences ponctueront les rives de l’ilot redessiné. L’ensemble est un nouvel équipement pour la ville et se love au sol : il évite ainsi les trop habituels podiums, fréquemment vus dans ce genre d’opérations.
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    In this country, density is not limited and the program quickly takes on an exceptional scale: 450,000 m² are planned for offices, apartments, a hotel, a cinema, and a commercial center. The challenge becomes how to successfully create such a massive program adjacent to a historic monument. The street in front of the colonial building is redefined: the historic monument becomes the celebrated entrance for the new project. The luxury commercial center is organized on several levels within the...

    Project details
    • Year 2016
    • Work finished in 2016
    • Client Krrish Group
    • Cost NC
    • Status Current works
    • Type Office Buildings / Tower blocks/Skyscrapers / Shopping Malls / Hotel/Resorts / Recovery/Restoration of Historic Buildings
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