I was just writing about how much Sri Lanka is changing and yeah, it’s changing more. They’re now planning a giant TV tower in the shape of a lotus on the Beira Lake (via [a]rchitectonics). I’ve embedded the intro YouTube video above, which is somewhat oddly translated into English. I like the Lotus Performing Arts Center well enough, but this looks a bit… pink and phallic.
This will be off D.R. Wijewardena Mawatha (McCallum Street), on the East Beira, along what I think will be casino row. It’s supposed to be 350 meters tall, making it the 19th largest tower in the world. It’s being built and financed by the Telecom Regulatory Commission (which usually regulates phones and stuff). The estimate is about $100 million USD. I guess this qualifies as a giant transmission tower, but really?
Apparently the University of Moratuwa has contributed to design and the work will be contracted out to Chinese companies. [a]architectonics has more. I must say that the video is slightly horrifying. One hopes the tower turns out better than advertised. I do like heights.