Surely, it was the development arisen with post-war period that brought in a large number of foreign and local investments to Colombo. Skyscrapers are what makes a city emerged, financially developed and brings good-vibes to a first timer and hope to its people. Residents. And civilians. Now we can safely say the sky’s the limit! Or is it?
Remember the days when Pittu Bambuwa (good old BOC with a height of 105 meters) was the only skyscraper in the bustling commercial capital? Nostalgia hits you, right? And even before Pittu Bambuwa, the Ceylinco Seylan Building (76m) was there, since 1960s. The Bambalapitiya Tower Building was completed in 1980 for residential purposes. Then there was UDA Scheme Tower, purely built for residential purposes, in 1985 and 100 meters tall. Pittu Bambuwa arrived next, cementing the top place in Colombo skyline. That was, until, the two towers of World Trade Center were completed in 1996, both 152 meters tall. In the near future, Colombo skyline is going to be more populated. Now before that happens let's go on a trip around Colombo to see the existing and upcoming towers of Colombo.
Dialog Iconic (probably the fanciest HQ in Sri Lanka) is located at Union Place and was opened just roughly a year ago.
Tip - Several floors of the building is restricted for public access, however the Auditorium is used to hold meetups and gatherings for the public. The auditorium is located on the top most floor. Go check it out for a breath taking view of the Colombo Skyline.
Then there was Hilton Residencies, built in 1997 with a height of 129 meters which still earns a place in top ten tallest buildings in Sri Lanka. Hilton Residencies are used for both commercial and residential purposes offering breathtaking views of the capital and limitless nothingness: the Indian Ocean.
Today, we have Colombo Lotus Tower, currently 255 meters tall which is going to be 350 meters tall upon completion and regarded as the tallest building in South Asia. And let’s not forget about The Altair Project either which is going to be 240m tall with 68 stories upon completion. And everything here is for residential use and going to be one of the luxury skyline apartments in Sri Lanka. With the unique architectural design of Altair, it would surely stand out in Colombo Skyline.
What else would stand out in Colombo Skyline, is, Grand Hyatt Colombo with 47 stories. A five star hotel (well, does Hyatt the hotel brand need any introduction?) with 475 guestrooms and 84 serviced apartments. OnThree20 in Union Place consists three towers, a condominium project where the residents can experience a luxury lifestyle.
ITC Colombo One is going to be placed next to Shangri-la (another luxury skyline apartment chain and a five star hotel) and Taj Samudra in Galle Road. The Indian franchise promises to bring a luxurious lifestyle to Colombo like no other and will be one of the tallest queens in Colombo Skyline.
Clearpoint Residencies in Rajagiriya, a vertical garden, in fact the tallest in the entire world when completed. With an in-built water sustainability system, solar panels and other nature-friendly sustainability features and overlooking the beautiful scenic views of the Diyawanna Lake in Rajagiriya, Clearpoint residencies promises to bring you the most comfortable and luxurious lifestyle possible. This soon-going-to-be the tallest vertical garden in the entire world features a roof top swimming pool as well as squash and tennis courts.
Apart from the skyline apartments and monuments under construction, there are already quite a few skyscrapers in Colombo such as the two Empire Towers, built for residential purposes and stand out as two of the luxury skyline apartments in Sri Lanka. The Emperor stands up to its name and offers you the most amazing views of the Indian Ocean.
Talking about comfort, luxury and skyline apartments, one cannot forget about the Havelock City apartments in the elite areas of Colombo 05. Havelock City consists a clubhouse where the residents can enjoy a wide range of leisure activities, a lush garden and a shopping mall.
Zinara is a freelance content and blog writer. She hopes to spend her twenties in a meaningful way after quitting science school (sorry ammi) and turning into literature. You could meet her in quiet coffee shops in Colombo almost any day.