ARCHITECTURE / PLANNING / PROJECT DEVELOPMENT
CASTLE STREET MIXED USE
COLUMBO, SRI LANKA
This mixed-use project includes 500 upmarket condominiums, 100 moderate income apartments, a shopping center, street retail, and a parking garage. SKB International worked as the developer, architect, and construction manager for the complex, which is the largest project of this type in Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lankan government suggested the site and worked with SKB to assemble the entire property as part of a large scale urban redevelopment vision. This specific site is key to the outward development between the old, congested city center and the more expansive Parliament House area. The Sri Lankan government wishes to see this project as an economic anchor to spark further development along Parliament Road, where the government is planning additional government office buildings and new housing.
Central to the condominium tower design is a new concept where individuals purchase two-story lofts which have utilities and a consistent footprint size. People can buy as many loft locks as they wish, and they can be built to match one of the dozens of available model designs or customized to their own needs. This gives buyers infinite flexibility and allows the unit sales to adjust to changes in the market.