Unless you have been living under a rock, you would have seen that Colombo is fast developing and expanding at a rapid rate with the addition of new skylines and development projects that are set to transform the Colombo standard of living. I am just so thrilled when I see these beautifully designed futuristic buildings springing up everywhere! It gives that international and glamorous touch to the city, somewhat similar to the fantastic structures that you would see in Dubai.

The fact is that Colombo is fast transitioning into a global city with such projects as Astoria Colombo, Cinnamon Life, Trizen, Shangri La Residences, Altair and The Residences at Colombo City Centre coming into the limelight. Living in Colombo is going to be comparable to international standards for those who can afford to get a fantastic apartment in one of these development projects!

The Much Awaited Condominiums!

I have seen the progress of Astoria Colombo by AVIC since 2017 and it all looks set to open in the near future! Located in happening Colombo 03 and conveniently located near to shopping malls, cinemas, nightclubs, hospitals, leading schools and supermarkets, this apartment complex is going to be in high demand! They will be offering a range of luxurious condominiums with excellent facilities, quality fittings and 24 hour CCTV with face recognition. Not mention there will be a shopping arcade with major retail brands and entertainment!

Apart from the opening of the state of art One Galle Face Mall, Shangri La Residences also made a splash and these guys have one of the most stunning and panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and the city skyline! They offer two towers of 51 floors and a total of 406 residential units, ranging from 2 Beds to 4 Beds and Penthouses with private swimming pools. The location is also appealing with the Galle Face Green just a walk away from the apartments, along with a number of well established hotels and pubs. Nightlife will be the main attraction!

You may have noticed the oddly shaped structure of one tower resting against another one – the residential and commercial development under construction “Altair” in Colombo 2, facing the beautiful Beira Lake! at 240m, Altair is set to be listed as one of the tallest buildings in the city. on lease from the Urban Development Authority of Sri Lanka to Indocean Developers, there are plan to make it a pedestrian only area to accommodate the Public Plaza, similar to those waterfronts in Melbourne and Singapore. Altair will be home to the highest located swimming pools in Asia! The Sky Garden with a pool located on the 63rd floor will further enhance its uniqueness and once completed, Altair will accentuate Colombo’s skyline as an architectural masterpiece! It’s bound to set tongue wagging away!

Next to Altair is the hugely popular shopping mall Colombo City Centre that opened earlier this year. the upcoming Colombo City Centre Residencies boasts 47 stories, a 164-room hotel and 192 residential apartments. It is an ultra luxury mixed development project led by the renowned Abans Group, Singaporean Company, Silver Needle Hospitality and construction handled by Sanken Lanka. Those who are lucky enough to buy an apartment here can experience the Infinity Swimming pool, high tech gym, sauna, barbeque area and sky lounge! the best thing is definitely the view o the Beira Lake and temple, Seema Malaka, from the CCC. It’s definitely going to be a much sought after spot for the business sector, as residents can also set up a business in the mall!

From the long-established John Keells Holdings PLC we have Tri-Zen Apartments and Cinnamon Life; both are going to create much excitement in Colombo soon! The group has given the city such well known apartment complexes such as On320, 7th Sense and The Monarch. Tri – Zen will become the smart option for the next generation as they provide state-of-the-art amenities and technology! Their apartments will have smart switches which you can control by voice or hand and contemporary interior design, making maximum use of space. Definitely ideal for those who love minimal style but with that futuristic touch. I guess the most awaited is the futuristic Cinnamon Life Colombo project, by the John Keells guys which has caused much buzz over the last few months. It is set to become a city within a city and the epicenter of modern South Asia which will definitely emerge as a must visit location. So what is on offer here? Cinnamon Life Colombo will house a 5 story shopping and entertainment space, a 30 story office complex, 427 residential units, an 800 room 5 star hotel and 10 acres of integrated spaces. For most “Colombians”, the 05 story shopping complex will attract a lot of interest! We will be definitely awaiting the grand opening of this one! So there you have it! An insight into the most happening development projects in Colombo which will no doubt make our lives better with the addition of more entertainment spots and beautiful locations to spend time with friends and loved ones. No doubt the business sector, expatriates and the wealthy will be on the lookout for their next big real estate investment. But for those who love shopping, eating and a place to take more photos– yes – Colombo‘s skyline is getting higher and more happening by the day! We love it!

 

(Nelum Buddhadasa)