November 2019


The iconic Lotus Tower adds glamour to the city
November 2019




The Lotus Tower at night creates a glamorous sight.

Rising above the city landscape, the iconic Lotus Tower is a majestic presence that reflects the culture and heritage of the country. Bringing into mind a lotus flower that sprouts from water, the Lotus Tower incorporates state-of-the-art technology and telecommunication facilities. This impressive addition to the Colombo's skyline is hailed as South Asia's tallest tower.

At the height of 356m, the Lotus Tower (known as Nelum Kuluna in Sinhala) is the tallest structure in South Asia. It is a multi-functional tower that encompasses telecommunication and associated facilities, museum, restaurant, conference halls and auditorium as well as banquet halls, observation gallery, shopping complex and luxury accommodation.

The Lotus Tower was declared open by President Maithripala Sirisena this year, and it comes under the purview of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL).

Facing the Beira Lake with its entrance on D R Wijewardena Mawatha, the design of the Lotus Tower reflects the Sri Lankan identity. The lotus flower is a significant element of the country's culture and is revered as a flower of worship. The project was initiated in 2008 by the TRCSL and architects from the University of Moratuwa conceptualized the design as a lotus bud and its long stem. The beautiful and aesthetically pleasing Lotus Tower in green and dark pink, is awe-inspiring.

There are four distinct sections of the Lotus Tower. These are the tower base, consisting of three floors and a basement; the stem; the bud that includes eight levels within and the 180-ton tower mast.

A highlight of the Lotus Tower is the revolving restaurant that would provide visitors with an unforgettable experience. Furthermore, the observation deck on top offers panoramic views of the surrounding, from the ocean to the mountains. On a clear day, it is possible to see Sri Pada, Kalutara Bodhiya, as well as the international airport in Katunayake amidst other scenery. Interestingly, you can see the Tower as you approach Colombo along the expressway from the airport as well.

The country's fastest elevator is located within the stem of the Lotus Tower, connecting the base with the bud, spanning a height of 215m. The elevator travels at a speed of seven metres per second.

Considering the massive structure of the Lotus Tower, the latest technology in engineering and construction was utilized to ensure its strength and also protection against any natural calamity.

The Lotus Tower is equipped with a state-of-the-art programmable illumination system, which can be customized according to the requirement. Thus, it is indeed wonderful to see the Lotus Tower lit up in the night sky, the colours changing almost rhythmically, adding glamour to the city.

The Lotus Tower park has been designed as a linear waterfront park facing the Beira Lake to provide a green space for recreational purposes to visitors and residents of Colombo. Laser shows, water fountains, and displays are some of the attractions that will come to life at the Lotus Tower in the future.

There's much to look forward to, the Lotus Tower in Colombo has changed the city landscape. It is a telecommunication and recreational marvel that will provide a lifestyle and experiential transformation.

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    The multifunctional Lotus Tower offers beautiful views of the city.

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    The luxurious revolving restaurant that offers a spectacular experience.

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