Project:Sri Lanka Ports Authority Building
Cost:950 Million LKR
Derived from its surroundings, the form of the building reflects that of the sails of a fisherman's boat- a prevalent feature in Hambantota's historic fishing port. Settled in a cohesive harmony with its surroundings, the building serves as a landmark for both the sea and land alike. With an expanse of nothingness in all directions of the building, the immediate landscape and the building itself appears to have risen from the very ground upon which it sits.
This 13 story office building located at the entrance of the new sea port in Hambantota. It is of 9000 sqm in floor area. With a value of 950 million rupees the project was constructed over a period of 36 months. It comprises of a conference hall and support facilities on the ground floor, 11 floors of office space, followed by executive apartments for visiting senior staff, as well as a banquet hall on the topmost floor.
The service core, dense and vertical in appearance, appears to anchor the building to the ground. From this point of anchorage emerges a curved, seemingly wind driven form, which culminates in a series of cascading balconies. The balconies, present at every floor, contribute towards the uniqueness of the building, making it amongst the few of its kind to facilitate an interaction between office spaces and the outdoors.