Altair’ is in the league of iconic buildings of the world, such as Burj Khalifa at Dubai, Petronas Tower-Malaysia, Marina Bay Sands at Singapore, Shanghai Tower in Shanghai, The Parc 1 Tower in Seoul – South Korea, ICC Building & Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong to name a few. In the same way that Marina Bay Sands has become a reference for Singapore, Altair, project estimated to cost over US$ 300 million, will also become a reference for Sri Lanka.
“At the commencement of the project Moshe Safdie stated Colombo was “urbanizing rapidly” and that it was the best time to create a landmark that could provide a benchmark’ for the coming developments in the capital. True to his words, in the past decade a new downtown Colombo Skyline has emerged with many new high-end developments being initiated. Just as the master Architect had envisioned, Altair has and will continue to be the benchmark for luxury real estate developments in Sri Lanka’s capital city Colombo,” stated Ravi Todi, Director Indocean Developers, the developer of the landmark project. Altair itself has come a long way from the days when the project was a creative vision in the mind of Architect Moshe Safdie. A complex structure requiring considerable project management skills and new construction techniques, the project has taken shape and is on the verge of completion. The final form is now visible and has captured the interest of several locals and tourists who have stopped to admire and photograph this beautiful building.
Altair is an architectural icon; that will place Sri Lanka in the global architectural digests for many years to come; standing at par with the many other architectural icons around the globe. Moshe Safdie of Marina Bay Sands fame has taken a bold step in residential architecture, with a Diagrid structure, with one tower gracefully stepping up to meet a second vertical tower. The Diagrid structural frame, lends itself to the architecture of the stepped tower facade. The stepped form in turn provides for balconies that are open to the sky so that occupants can enjoy the feeling of being in an open garden.