Botanical masterpiece atop a ‘city within a city’

An eco-habitat created on a slab of concrete representing a botanical masterpiece is a one-of-a-kind concept that makes Havelock City an exclusive address in town. With lush tropical greenery that would span six acres upon completion, this roof garden could be the largest in the world when completed.

The Havelock City commercial and residential project is a 'City within a City' constructed on the largest cleared area in the heart of Colombo and on completion will have eight residential towers, Sri Lanka's largest shopping mall and two office towers.

"This is a unique concept that makes Havelock City one of the most exclusive landmarks in the region. The six acre garden is a haven for family and friends that provides an entire botanical garden experience for our patrons," said Dr. Senaka Dharmatilleke, Design Coordinator for Havelock City.

Explaining the concept, he said a void deck located on Level 2 of each tower will become a pavilion or verandah that will connect each tower with the roof garden. Residents in each of the eight towers have access to this garden by entering it from their respective second storey decks.

The garden, built on a reinforced structural concrete slab is landscaped with an abundance of trees and greenery similar to any botanical garden. It is a haven of indigenous plants with trees from the wet zone like Kohomba, Ficus Benjamina, Maila, Ehela and even coffee!

A clever integration of the state- of- the- art clubhouse to the garden is another attraction. A series of cascading pools built adjacent to the swimming pool will be a visual treat. The clubhouse with squash and badminton courts, banquet facilities, a sauna, jacuzzi , gym and day care centre is seen as the social hub of this massive development. A BBQ pavilion will be available for outdoor entertainment.

The roof garden also has a creative children’s playground with monkey bars, swings, climbing frames and other fun activities with special safety precautions taken. A walking cum jogging track that can be used along with the open-air gymnasium have also been planned.

Whilst two residential towers have already been completed and are in occupation, the entire City is slated to be completed by 2015.

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