Thursday, January 19, 2012

Design selected for Jaffna cultural centre (#55)

The Indian High Commission on Tuesday announced the winner of the design competition for the Jaffna Cultural Centre. India will build the centre, costing about LKR 900 million (1 INR = 2.5 LKR).

In a ceremony here, S. M. Krishna, Indian Minister for External Affairs, and Basil Rajapaksa, Sri Lankan Minister for Economic Development, presented awards to the top three architects whose entries were selected by a jury after the completion of the National Design Competition.

The design submitted by Archt. Madura Premathileka was adjudged first; while that submitted by Cynthia & Athula Ranasinghe Chartered Architects was declared second and the one submitted by Design Consortium (Pvt) Ltd, was declared third. A total of 29 entries were received. From this eight were shortlisted. The winner was awarded a prize amount of US$3,500. The runner-up was awarded $3,000, and the second runner-up, $2,500. Madura also made a presentation to Mr. Krishna and his team on the design.

more on Daily Mirror
Images via Sri Lanka Mirror


  1. Hope Madura will not decide to put a fence around it after doing all this. Or can he convince others also not to do it?

  2. where can we see more details?

  3. Hope Madura has brought in some urban design elements in to the design. Presentation at the Sessions is not clear enough.

  4. too decorative and 'old fashioned' facade. Cant believe Madura did this.

  5. may be madura was responding to the ""context""? if he did something more modern it will be out of (political) context and he would not win the competition. Most important thing in a competition is to ""win the competition first"". Cant blame madura if that is the case.