Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Colombo Lotus Tower

Colombo Lotus Tower
The Lotus Tower (also known as Nelum Kuluna) is a 350-meter (356 m: with the lightning conductor) high multi-functional iconic communication tower located at D.R. Wijewardana Mawatha, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka.

Construction
The project contract to build the Lotus Tower was signed in 2012, between the Sri Lanka Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (SLTRC), China National Electronics Import & Export Corporation (CEIEC) and Aerospace Long - March International Trade Corporation Limited (ALIT).

The construction was commenced in the same year, at a total cost of $ 104.3 million. The project was mainly funded by Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of Peoples’ Republic of China.

The completed tower was declared opened on 16 September 2019, by the then Sri Lankan President  Maithripala Sirisena.

Structure
The design of the tower is inspired by the lotus flower, which has symbolic ties to the Sri Lankan culture. The tower includes a slender concrete and steel antenna mast, approximately 88 m tall, extending from a level of approximately 262 m to 350 m above ground level (Mendis et al., 2018).

The tower base inspired by the lotus throne is formed by two inverted trapezoidal and comprised of four floors. The tower house is said to be composed of eight floors.

Facilities
The tower is mainly used for country's telecommunication purposes. Also, it houses a revolving restaurant, an observation gallery, a banquet hall, food courts, and a museum.
View from Lotus Tower View from Lotus Tower
References
1) Mendis, P., Fernando, S., Holmes, J.D., Gunawardena, T., Abu-Zidan, Y. and Dias, P., 2018. Wind-induced fatigue analysis of Lotus Tower Mast. 19th Australasian Wind Engineering Workshop, April 4-6, 2018, Torquay, Victoria.

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This page was last updated on 16 September 2019

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