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List of tallest structures in Sri Lanka

The two WTC towers on the right, and the BOC tower on the left, as seen from the Presidential Secretariat premises.

The following page lists the tallest buildings and structures in Sri Lanka in terms of highest architectural detail. Structures which are under construction but have topped-out are also listed, whereas structures which are shorter than 20-floors (for habitable buildings) or 100 m (328 ft) (for non-habitable structures), are excluded.

The majority of high-rise structures are located in the commercial capital Colombo. As of May 2017, the current tallest structure in the country is the Colombo Lotus Tower at 350 m (1,150 ft), and the tallest habitable building is Altair at 240 m (790 ft).[1]

Tallest structures

Construction status of the Colombo Lotus Tower as at March 2017.
List of tallest structures in Sri Lanka
Rank Building Image Height Floors Location Use Year of
completion
Ref
1 Grand Hyatt Colombo
UG-LK Photowalk - Grand Hyatt - 2017-03-12 (9).jpg
229.5 metres (753 ft) 47 Colombo Commercial 2016  
2 Kokavil transmission tower   172 m (564 ft) NA 09°16′00″N 80°24′00″E / 9.26667°N 80.40000°E / 9.26667; 80.40000 (Kokavil transmission tower) Signal transmission 2011 [2]
3= World Trade Centre East Tower
UG-LK Photowalk - WTC and surroundings - 2017-03-12 (13).jpg
152 m (499 ft) 40 Echelon Square, Colombo 01 Commercial 1996 [3][4]
3= World Trade Centre West Tower
UG-LK Photowalk - WTC and surroundings - 2017-03-12 (13).jpg
152 m (499 ft) 40 Echelon Square, Colombo 01 Commercial 1996 [3]
4 Lakvijaya Power Station
Lakvijaya-December2012-3 - crop.jpg
150 m (492 ft) NA 08°01′00″N 79°43′24″E / 8.01667°N 79.72333°E / 8.01667; 79.72333 (Norocholai Coal Power Station) Power 2010 [5]
5= OnThree20 Tower 1
UG-LK Photowalk - OnThree20 - 2017-03-12 (4).jpg
146 m (479 ft) 38   Residential October 2014 [6][7]
5= OnThree20 Tower 2
UG-LK Photowalk - OnThree20 - 2017-03-12 (4).jpg
146 m (479 ft) 38   Residential October 2014 [6]
5= OnThree20 Tower 3
UG-LK Photowalk - OnThree20 - 2017-03-12 (4).jpg
146 m (479 ft) 38   Residential October 2014 [6]
6 Empire Tower 1
UG-LK Photowalk - OnThree20 - 2017-03-12 (1).jpg
142 m (466 ft) 37   Residential 2009  
7 GS Towers   135 m (443 ft) 36   Mixed 2010  
8 Empire Tower 2
UG-LK Photowalk - OnThree20 - 2017-03-12 (1).jpg
132 m (433 ft) 35   Residential 2009  
9 The Emperor
UG-LK Photowalk - Emperor - 2017-03-09 (3).jpg
132 m (433 ft) 35 06°55′07″N 79°51′30″E / 6.91861°N 79.85833°E / 6.91861; 79.85833 (The Emperor) Residential 2011 [8]
10 Hilton Residencies
UG-LK Photowalk - Hilton Residencies - 2017-03-09.jpg
129 m (423 ft) 34 06°55′14″N 79°51′23″E / 6.92056°N 79.85639°E / 6.92056; 79.85639 (Hilton Residencies) Mixed 1997  
11= Royal Park Tower 1
Royal Park Tower.JPG
120 m (390 ft) 25 06°54′20″N 79°53′18″E / 6.90556°N 79.88833°E / 6.90556; 79.88833 (Royal Park) Residential    
11= Royal Park Tower 2
Royal Park Tower.JPG
120 m (390 ft) 25 06°54′20″N 79°53′18″E / 6.90556°N 79.88833°E / 6.90556; 79.88833 (Royal Park) Residential    
12= Fairway SkyGardens   120 m (390 ft) 31 Rajagiriya Residential 2014 [9]
13= Iceland Residencies Tower 1
UG-LK Photowalk - Iceland Residencies - 2017-03-12.jpg
31   Residential 2008  
13= Iceland Residencies Tower 2
UG-LK Photowalk - Iceland Residencies - 2017-03-12.jpg
  31   Residential 2008  
14= Havelock City Park Tower
UG-LK Photowalk - Havelock City - 2017-03-12 (2).jpg
115 m (377 ft) 22 06°52′56″N 79°51′59″E / 6.88222°N 79.86639°E / 6.88222; 79.86639 (Havelock City) Residential 2010 [10][11]
14= Havelock City Elibank Tower
UG-LK Photowalk - Havelock City - 2017-03-12 (2).jpg
115 m (377 ft) 22 06°52′56″N 79°51′59″E / 6.88222°N 79.86639°E / 6.88222; 79.86639 (Havelock City) Residential 2010 [10][11]
15 The Monarch
UG-LK Photowalk - Monarch - 2017-03-12 (1).jpg
113.5 m (372 ft) 30 06°55′02″N 79°50′55″E / 6.91722°N 79.84861°E / 6.91722; 79.84861 (Monarch Tower) Residential 2007 [12]
16 The Fairmount   110 m (360 ft) 31   Residential 2010 [13]
17 110 Parliament Road     25   Residential 2014 [14][15]
18 Crescat Residencies
Crescat Residencies.JPG
  25 06°55′04″N 79°50′53″E / 6.91778°N 79.84806°E / 6.91778; 79.84806 (Crescat Residencies) Mixed 1997  
19 BOC Headquarters
Bank of Ceylon Tower Colombo Sri Lanka.jpg
105 m (344 ft) 32 Echelon Square, Colombo 01 Commercial 1985  
20 Bank of Ceylon Merchants Tower
UG-LK Photowalk - BOC Merchant Tower - 2017-03-12 (2).jpg
100 m (330 ft) 30 St. Michael's Rd Colombo 03 Commercial    
21 Cinnamon Red Hotels   105 m (344 ft) 26 No.59, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha Commercial 2013  
22 UDA Scheme Tower   100 m (330 ft) 24   Residential 1985  
23 Bamabalapitiya Tower Building   90 m (300 ft) 22   Residential 1980  
24= Havelock City Layards Tower
UG-LK Photowalk - Havelock City - 2017-03-12 (10).jpg
  22 06°52′56″N 79°51′59″E / 6.88222°N 79.86639°E / 6.88222; 79.86639 (Havelock City) Residential 2014 [10][11]
24= Havelock City Davidson Tower
UG-LK Photowalk - Havelock City - 2017-03-12 (10).jpg
  22 06°52′56″N 79°51′59″E / 6.88222°N 79.86639°E / 6.88222; 79.86639 (Havelock City) Residential 2014 [10][11]
25 HNB Tower
Building 101.jpg
85 m (279 ft) 23   Commercial 2002  
26 Jetavanaramaya
Jetavana Stupa, Anuradhapura 0121.jpg
120 m (394 ft) NA 08°21′06″N 80°24′13″E / 8.35167°N 80.40361°E / 8.35167; 80.40361 (Jetavanaramaya) Religious 273 – 301  
27 Parkland Building
RIL Exterior (3).jpg
78 metres (256 ft) 22 06°55′02″N 79°51′32″E / 6.91722°N 79.85889°E / 6.91722; 79.85889 (Parkland Building) Commercial 2016  
28 Hilton Hotel   81 m (266 ft) 21 Lotus Road, Colombo01 Commercial 1987  
29 Lanka Hospitals     23 Narahenpita      
30 Ceylinco Seylan Building   76 m (249 ft) 19 Fort Colombo 01      

Future tall structures

Shangri-La Residential towers under construction.
Altair under construction.

Structures under construction

Rank Building Height Floors Location Type Status/Completion Ref
01 Colombo Lotus Tower 350 m (1,150 ft) N/A D. R. Wijewardena Mw Colombo 10 Communication/Commercial October 2017 [16][17]
02 Altair 240 m (790 ft) 68, 63 127, Sir James Peiris Mawatha Residential September 2017 [18][19][20]
03 ITC Colombo One (1) 55 Galle Face Residential 2021 [21]
04(=) Shangri-La Residential tower 1 194 m (636 ft) 51 Galle Face Residential 2017 [22]
04(=) Shangri-La Residential tower 2 194 m (636 ft) 51 Galle Face Residential 2017 [22]
06(=) Capitol TwinPeaks tower 1 50 Colombo 02 Residential 2020 [23]
06(=) Capitol TwinPeaks tower 1 50 Colombo 02 Residential 2020 [24]
08 The Destiny II 50 Sir Justice Akbar Mawatha Residential [25]
09 Abans SilverNeedle condominium(Colombo City Center) 48  Sir James Peiris Mw, Colombo 02 Mixed 2018
10 Hyatt Regency Colombo 229.5 m (753 ft)[26] 47   Commercial 2017 [26][27][28]
11 Clear Point Residencies 186 m (610 ft) 46 Perera Mw, Rajagiriya Residential 2015 [29][30]
12 Cinnamon Life 153m/?/?/? 48/?/?/? Colombo 02 Mixed 2019 [31] [32]
13 The Destiny 44 Sir Justice Akbar Mawatha Residential June 2017 [33]
14 447 Luna Tower 44 Union Place Residential 2019 [34]
15 The Elements by Fairway 40 Rajagiriya Residential [35]
16(=) Avic Astoria tower 1 142m 39 R.A. De Mel Mawatha, Kollupitiya Commercial 2017 [36]
16(=) Avic Astoria tower 2 142m 39 R.A. De Mel Mawatha, Kollupitiya Commercial 2017 [37]
16(=) Avic Astoria tower 3 142m 39 R.A. De Mel Mawatha, Kollupitiya Commercial 2017 [38]
16(=) Avic Astoria tower 4 142m 39 R.A. De Mel Mawatha, Kollupitiya Commercial 2017 [39]
20 Shangri-La Office 35 Galle Face Mixed 2017 [22]
21 ITC Colombo One (2) 33 Galle Face Hotel 2018 [41]
22 Shangri-La Hotel 31 Galle Face Commercial 2017 [22]
23 Mövenpick Hotel 28 Kollupitiya Commercial 2015 [42]
24 Access tower 2 28 Union Place, Colombo 02 Mixed 2016 [43]
25(=) Havelock City   27 06°52′56″N 79°51′59″E / 6.88222°N 79.86639°E / 6.88222; 79.86639 (Havelock City) Residential 2016 [10][11]
25(=) Havelock City   27 06°52′56″N 79°51′59″E / 6.88222°N 79.86639°E / 6.88222; 79.86639 (Havelock City) Residential 2016 [10][11]
27 Park heights 29 Park Road, Colombo 05 Residential [44]
28 Orwell Recidency 26 Colombo 03 Residential May 2017 [45]
29 Havelock City Commercial Tower   25 06°52′56″N 79°51′59″E / 6.88222°N 79.86639°E / 6.88222; 79.86639 (Havelock City) Commercial 2016 [10][11]
30 The Summit   23   Mixed  ? [46]  
31(=) Havelock City Layards Tower   22 06°52′56″N 79°51′59″E / 6.88222°N 79.86639°E / 6.88222; 79.86639 (Havelock City) Residential 2014 [10][11]
31(=) Havelock City Davidson Tower   22 06°52′56″N 79°51′59″E / 6.88222°N 79.86639°E / 6.88222; 79.86639 (Havelock City) Residential 2014 [10][11]
33 Orion Towers 22 2017 [47]
34 Baseline Residencies   33 Basline Road, Kirulapona, Colombo-05 Residential [48][49][50]
35 Colombo Sheraton Hotel   21   Mixed 2015 [51]  
36 Platinum 1   21   Mixed 2014 [52]

Structures proposed

Building Height Floors Location Type Status/Completion Ref
Krrish Square Tower 1 420 m (1,380 ft) 95 Colombo Fort Commercial 2016 [53][54]
Krrish Square Tower 2 320 m (1,050 ft) 91 Colombo Fort Commercial 2016 [54]
Rice Exchange 68 Colombo 2 Commercial 2020 [55]
Krrish Square Tower 3 230 m (750 ft) 65 Colombo Fort Residential 2016 [54]
Achilleion 50 Station Road, Colombo 04 Residential [56]
Havelock City Stratford Tower 28 Residential [57]
Havelock City Melford Tower 28 Residential [57]
Al-Aman World Capital Centre 625m 110 James Peris Mawatha colombo-2 mixed use(commercial Residential 2020 [58]
Liberty Plaza Towers 30  Colombo 03 Mixed (Commercial/Residential) [59][60][61]
Nugegoda Shopping Center 20   Commercial 2016 [62]
EON Resorts 45   Commercial Unknown [63][64]
Queensbury Integrated Resort and Casino 40 D.R. Wijewardena Mawatha Commercial [65]
SLCC Headquarters 25 Colpetty Commercial [66][67]
Belvedere Kotahena Residential 2017 [21][40]
96Iconic Tower 96 Unknown Mixed 2019 [68]
Renuka Tower 28 Colombo 03 Mixed 2018 [69]

Structures on hold

Building Height Floors Location Type Status/Completion Ref
Ocean View Residencies 152 m (499 ft) 47   Residential 2010 Delayed [70]
Dawson Grand Tower 1 140 m (460 ft) 42 06°55′09″N 79°51′27″E / 6.91917°N 79.85750°E / 6.91917; 79.85750 (Dawson Grand) Residential On hold  
Dawson Grand Tower 2 140 m (460 ft) 42 06°55′09″N 79°51′27″E / 6.91917°N 79.85750°E / 6.91917; 79.85750 (Dawson Grand) Residential On hold  

Timeline of tallest structures

Name Image City Height Floors Years as Tallest
Lovamahapaya[71]
Lovamahapaya Anuradhapura.jpg
Anuradhapura 47 m (154 ft) 5-9 155BC-125BC
120BC-280AD
305-993
Holy Emmanuel Church[72]
Holy Emanuel Church.jpg
Moratuwa 37 m (121 ft) 4 1860-1902
St. Lucia's Cathedral
St. Lucia's Cathedral, Colombo, Sri Lanka.jpg
Colombo 46 m (151 ft) 3 1902-1960?
Ceylinco House Colombo 51 m (167 ft) 16 1960-????
Bambalapitiya Tower Building Colombo 91 m (299 ft) 23 1980–1985
Uda Scheme Tower Colombo 100 m (328 ft) 24 1985–1985
Bank of Ceylon Headquarters
Bank of Ceylon Tower Colombo Sri Lanka.jpg
Colombo 105 m (344 ft) 32 1985–1996
World Trade Center Twin Towers
Colombo-edifici.jpg
Colombo 152 m (499 ft) 39 1996–2014
Grand Hyatt Colombo
Midst Of Construction HYATT Regency Hotel.JPG
Colombo 229.5 m (753 ft) 47 2014–present

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