Location
Battaramulla, Sri Lanka

Design Firm
Nela De Zoysa Design Corporation (Pvt) Ltd.

 

Completion Date
1998

Nominee’s Scope of Work
Architecture, Interior Design, Furniture Design, Landscape Design

 
 

Site
The 137 perch site for BMW, the Worlds’ ultimate driving machine, was shaped as an inverted “T” with its narrow end facing a 60’ busy roadway.

Constraints
A marsh, which had a 15’ slope, also had a high tension electrical cable that diagonally crossed its air space that dictated a safety clearance of 4.5 meters below it, limiting the height of the building.

Design
The distinct shape of the site was the primary generator for the project, where the showrooms took precedence over other functions. A technique of showing the ‘car’ by attracting attention to the ‘building’ was used to achieve the desired design objectives. An appropriately proportioned, simple and elegant car shed was designed with its structure exposed together with its services. Circular a/c ducts & trusses ran across the triple height space, reminiscent of the hi-tech BMW engine. A glass spiral staircase, the first in Sri Lanka, was made to be a feature, connecting the ground floor with the mezzanine floor that housed the executive offices overlooking the vast space below. The back offices and spare parts store were housed on the level above. The workshop was placed at the far end of the site along with its ancillary facilities, accessed through an impressive triple height driveway. This ideal exploration of space resulted in the ultimate setting for the gleaming automobiles, making them appear like jewels, attracting the attention of the passer-by. The Manging Director 1998 of BMW Asia (Pte) Ltd - Dr. K Segler’s words at the opening were “Such buildings exist only in the United States and Italy; The Sri Lanka Complex is a feast to the eye and is on par with any of them.” “This has even overshadowed the dealer complexes in Germany.”

 
  Awards
INTERNATIONAL AWARDS: ARCASIA “GOLD MEDAL” - 2000
NATIONAL AWARDS: SLIA Award of Excellence - 2000
 
 

Publications
2005 - ARCHI TIMES - ARCH PRESS - Pakistan - August 2005 > “Renowned Architect of the month” - Nela de Zoysa
2004 - ARCHITECTURE, INTERIOR VOLUME II - Pakistan - OCT – DEC 2004 > Regional Architecture & Interiors - “Showcasing the Luxury"
2001 - Arcasia Publication - 2001 - “Architecture Asia"
2001 - Sri Lanka Institute of Architects Journal - “Sri Lanka Architect"
2000 - Sunday Observer, Sunday Island, Sunday Leader & Sunday Times

 
 
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