Development Progress – March 2017

March 22, 2017

The latest images of Altair, soon to grace Colombo’s skyline with luxurious living.


Moshe Safdie Wins AIA 2015 Gold Medal, Ehrlich Architects Receives Firm Award

June 1, 2015

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced Moshe Safdie and Ehrlich Architects as recipients, respectively, of its 2015 Gold Medal and Architecture Firm Award, the organization’s highest honors. “I don’t want to call the award a culmination because I am pretty active and I want to keep going,” jokes Safdie, who is celebrating his practice’s fiftieth anniversary.

Born in 1938 in Haifa, Israel, Safdie cites the young nation’s solidarity-infused atmosphere as a strong influence in his architectural approach—a socially-focused architecture. After an apprenticeship under Louis Kahn (1971 Gold Medal recipient), Safdie designed Habitat 67 in Montreal, which, according to the architect, is “still no doubt my most radical achievement.” Other celebrated works include YadVashem Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem, the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort in Singapore, and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

“For me this award is so moving because the Gold Medal is something you get from your peers,” Safdie says. In his case, these peers—who wrote recommendation letters for Safdie—include Mohsen Mostafavi, Richard Rogers, and Frank Gehry, who wrote in his recommendation letter: “The world at large is a better place because of [Safdie’s] work.”

Safdie won out over two other finalists—Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown and Eric Owen Moss.

Altair pioneers partnership with Quintessentially Lifestyle

January 23, 2015

Altair, Sri Lanka’s trend-defining luxury residential development, has announced an exclusive partnership with Quintessentially Lifestyle, the global private members club and concierge service, to offer an onsite concierge service that will provide its residents with access to services and benefits around the world.

Owners of the residential properties in Sri Lanka will have access to the services of a dedicated Quintessentially Lifestyle concierge desk located on site – a first in Sri Lanka.

From finding a suitable car service, reservation at an acclaimed restaurant, accessing tickets to world class shows and events; to arranging children’s birthday parties and gifts, to helping create the ultimate proposal or once in a lifetime honeymoon; Quintessentially Lifestyle will be on hand to help, however extraordinary or ordinary the request may be.

Since its inception in Soho, London in 2000, Quintessentially Lifestyle has been providing Members with award-winning concierge services. From giving specialist advice and exclusive benefits to unparalleled access to the world’s most exclusive, and elusive, luxury brands; Quintessentially Lifestyle continues to redefine the luxury lifestyle, by consistently improving its service offering and raising the bar for the luxury industry.
The global concierge service unique to Quintessentially Lifestyle will be available to residents of Altair to enrich their travel and lifestyle experiences with the expertise of the company’s team of 1,500 concierge experts speaking over 25 languages around the world.

“From concept stage onwards, Altair has distinguished itself as a benchmark for luxury living, rather than a generic high rise condominium,” said Pradeep Moraes, Director of Indocean Developers. “Our exclusive partnership with Quintessentially Lifestyle is an additional facet to Altair’s special brand of luxury living and serves as yet another example of Indocean’s determination to continuously exceed customer expectations.”

“The inclusion of an exclusive and accomplished Concierge Service will further enhance the appeal that Altair holds out to international buyers, which is a part of the message we will take to our audiences in Singapore and Dubai through roadshows scheduled for February,” he added.

Niro Cooke, Director Quintessentially Lifestyle, said: “Altair is the very first real estate developer in Sri Lanka to adopt world class services such as Quintessentially Lifestyle in to its product offering. It is an extremely positive sign for the real estate industry, and we look forward to working with Altair over the coming years. Ultimately, our relationships are about time and access, that is what partnering with us means. Residents of Altair will have access to the core of Quintessentially Group’s specialists who work tirelessly to source ideas and offer local ‘insider’ recommendations for where to travel, what to eat, buy, and do around the world. Our Lifestyle Managers arrange it all.”

In a description of Quintessentially Lifestyle, the New York Times has stated that “The company that transformed the idea of concierge services into ‘lifestyle management’ is Quintessentially Lifestyle.”

Altair is intended to be a one-of-its-kind development in South Asia in terms of architectural design, structural engineering, and living experience. It is projected to be a game changer in contemporary living that will bring a new dimension in aesthetics to Colombo’s skyline.

Comprising of two tower blocks, one of 63 storeys which leans in to a taller, 68-storey tower, located at Sir James Peiris Mawatha, Colombo 2 (the former Colombo Commercial Co. property), Altair will offer its 400 apartments spectacular views of the Beira Lake, the Indian Ocean and the city of Colombo.

Designed by the globally-recognised celebrity architect Moshe Safdie, the development’s 1.5 million square feet of high-end eco-friendly living space, will be supported by 40,000 square feet of supportive up-market retail space. The building is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Altair developer Indocean is a joint venture of the six conglomerates that make up the South City Group, which brings together over 150 years of cumulative development experience. One company in the Group alone has a market capitalisation of over $ 3 billion. The constituent partners of the Group have completed 50 million square feet of real estate development and currently have another 20 million square feet of space under construction.