This proposal was short listed in the finals of a competition organised by the Central Cultural Fund of Sri Lanka. The Fund's intention was to build a complex to cater to activities related to the performing arts of Sri Lanka. The complex was to be the central focus that would support and foster all forms of drama, ballet, opera, orchestra, chamber music, film and other forms of arts of the moving image.
In terms of architectural expression, the main architectural element of our design is the roofscape. The roofs are multi-faceted inclined roofs that allow manipulation to accommodate the variation in building masses. The main block is strung over a long stretch so that the building proportionately streamlined.
The resulting expression of the complex is a panoply of ground-hugging roof that appear to emerge from the landscape. The patina-ed copper with its gentle green sits comfortably in the landscape. Whilst the allusion is traditional, the complexity and irregularity of the geometries is distinctly contemporary, pointing to a technological feat of high order.