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 process to build a multi-functional tower in Colombo was initiated in 2008 by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka and the Project Consultancy Unit, Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa was appointed as the consultant to the project to support project formulation & implementation.

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 tower was declared opened on 16 September 2019, by the then Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (2015-2019).

Structure
The design of the tower is inspired by the lotus flower, which has symbolic ties to the Sri Lankan culture. The tower has four sections, viz: the base, the tower stem, the tower house and the antenna mast. The tower base inspired by the lotus throne is formed by two inverted trapezoidal and comprised of four floors. The tower house is bud-shaped and consists of 9 levels starting at 215m level going up to the height of 260m level. The petals of the bud is illuminated by LED lights with changeable colors. The steel antenna mast which is approximately 88 m tall, extending from a level of approximately 262 m to 350 m above ground level (Mendis et al., 2018).

The tower house consits following sections.
Transmission - Extending from 215m to 225m, the first & second levels of the tower house have been allocated for the Radio and Television transmission. The first level is for radio transmission purposes and the second level totally allocated for the Television transmission.
Banquet halls - The third & forth levels (225m-235m) are reserved as banquet halls.
Revolving restaurant - Located in the fifth level (235m-240m), the revolving deck takes approximately 90 minutes to complete one revolution.
Lotus suite - The sixth level (240m-245m) has been reserved for a guest house comprising 6 guest rooms.
Observation deck - The seventh level (245m-250m) is used as an observation deck.

Facilities
The tower is mainly used for the country's telecommunication purposes. Also, it houses a revolving restaurant, a observation deck, two banquet halls and food courts.

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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 15 June 2020
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