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The night of December 10 was a memorable one for architect Milroy Perera and his team along with Maga Engineering (Pvt) Ltd. as they announced the launch of their joint venture: Clear Point; the world’s tallest residential vertical garden. The event was graced by several well-known personalities including UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe.
Located in Kotte, overlooking the marshes around Kolonnawa Ella and the
Diyawanna Oya, the idea for Clear Point Residencies was not exclusively to call it the world’s ‘tallest’ vertical garden.
Milroy Perera who along with his firm worked on previous apartment complexes such as Fairway and Fairmount explained that the idea behind a vertical garden was to give all their residents a first floor living experience. “It’s very difficult for a person to live on the top most floor and not see anything but sky,” he explained, supporting his theory with a look at the history of skyrise buildings, going back to the 1960s in England where the government constructed apartments to house people after the war. However the high altitudes caused severe mental and psychological problems in the inhabitants.
The 46-storey building has 164 three bedroom apartments, each of 2300 sq.ft with all internal spaces opening to planted terraces. They hope to use solar energy for lighting as well as recycling systems for water which will reduce usage and wastage. “We are trying to focus on sustainable living along with the sustainable use of resources,” Mr. Perera stated.