The Blossoming Lotus Tower in Colombo

The metropolitan city of the island, Colombo’s identity is changing dramatically, exuding cosmopolitan elegance. In 1985, the Bank of Ceylon opened its new 32 storey Head Office in Echelon square in Colombo- the tallest building in Sri Lanka at the time. Since then, we’ve seen remarkable buildings rise from construction to completion and become dominant elements of the city’s skyline: WTC, Altair twin-tower and Colombo City Centre are among them. The city is in the midst of a massive transition.

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The blossoming Lotus Tower, which is in its finishing stage resembles a sky-high lotus flower adding a unique character to the city’s dazzling skyline. Casting a giant shadow over Slave Island, the 350m tower is one of the major construction projects in Sri Lanka. With a bulbous top glowing in pink to resemble the blossom, it is the tallest in South Asia. Located smack dab in the middle of the city, the Lotus Tower is flaunting its beauty to allure the passerby.

The tower is to have a telecommunication museum, a restaurant, food courts, supermarkets, conference halls with seating for 400 people, luxury hotel rooms, ball rooms, a 1,000-seat auditorium and an observation gallery to witness splendid views of the city. Constructed on a seven-acre land, the first couple of floors of the flower will be allocated for shopping malls and parking facilities. However, the upper floors are to be provided ideally for telecommunication purposes. Other numbers of note: An investment of 104.3 million USD, the foundation stone of the tower was laid on January 20, 2012.

The revolving restaurant on the top floor, which would do one round in 90 minutes could be the biggest draw of the Lotus Tower.  Over the course of dinner, this chic restaurant will give you a sweeping 360-degree view of bustling Colombo from up above as you feast on a scrumptious spread.

The finishing touches and landscaping work of the tower is nearing completion. So, you could be lucky enough to explore the city’s rising beauty on your next trip to Colombo. Even if not, just look up when you crisscross the streets of Colombo, the soaring tower is visible from almost everywhere in the city!