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Altair architect Moshe Safdie named Laureate of 2019 Wolf Prize in Architecture

February 7, 2019

Moshe Safdie, the architect of Sri Lanka’s paradigmatic high rise edifice Altair, has been named the Laureate in Architecture by the jury committee for the 2019 Wolf Prize, considered the second most important in the world after the Nobel Prize.

To be presented by the President of Israel Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin in the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament) in Jerusalem in May, the celebrated Wolf Prize honours Mr Safdie for “a career motivated by the social concerns of architecture and formal experimentation.”

Announcing the prize, worth US$ 100,000, the jury said: “Over a long and distinguished career spanning 50 years, Moshe Safdie has produced a body of work of great originality and artistry in the field of architecture and urbanism. The projects undertaken by his architectural studio consistently seek experimentation and can be understood as an evolving form of research. He is also a distinguished educator and in his numerous publications he has articulated a clear and coherent position as an academic and critic.”

A citizen of Israel, Canada and the United States, Mr Safdie is an architect, urban planner, theorist and author. He was born in Haifa in 1938 and relocated to Canada with his family in 1953. He graduated from McGill University in 1961 with a degree in architecture. After apprenticing with Louis I. Kahn in Philadelphia, Safdie returned to Montreal to oversee the master plan for the 1967 World Exhibition. In 1964 he established his own firm to realize Habitat 67, an adaptation of his thesis at McGill, which was the central feature of the World’s Fair and a ground-breaking design in the history of architecture.

Moshe Safdie’s more recent work includes Marina Bay Sands — the new icon of Singapore, Jewel Changi Airport — the stunning mixed-use development due to open in 2019, the Kauffman Centre for the Performing Arts in Kansas City — rated one of the 15 most spectacular concert halls of the world, the Crystal Bridge Museum of American Art in Arkansas, the Khalsa Heritage Centre in Punjab, the headquarters of the US Institute of Peace in Washington DC, Lester B. Pearson Airport, Toronto, the Yad Vasham Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem, Cairnhill Condominiums in Singapore, the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Wolf Prize winners are selected by international professional judging committees of three members of renowned experts in their fields. Each committee is appointed for one year only. The judges’ names, as well as their deliberations, remain confidential.

Since 1978, five Wolf Prizes have been awarded annually, four in the sciences and one in the arts. The prize is awarded to renowned scientists and artists for their unique contribution “for the sake of humanity and for friendly relations between nations, without distinction of nationality, race, colour, religion, sex or political outlook.” The areas of prizes in the sciences are agriculture, chemistry, mathematics, physics and medicine. The areas of prizes in art are music, architecture, painting and sculpture.

Adjudged the Best Condominium in Asia for Architectural Design at the 2018 Asia Real Estate Summit (ARES), Altair is Sri Lanka’s most distinctive and instantly recognised high-rise. A one-of-its-kind development in South Asia in terms of architectural design, structural engineering, and living experience, Altair comprises of two tower blocks, a 63-storey sloping tower which leans into a taller, 68-storey vertical tower. Acknowledged as a new standard in contemporary living in Sri Lanka, the Altair building has already brought a new dimension in aesthetics to Colombo’s skyline and offers its 400 apartments spectacular views of the Beira Lake, the Indian Ocean and the city of Colombo. The development’s 1.5 million square feet of high-end eco-friendly living space is supported by 40,000 square feet of up-market retail space.

Photo caption – Moshe Safdie and the Altair building in Colombo

Taken from adaderana.lk

Architecture students from Amity University Dubai visit Altair

May 22, 2017

A visit to Altair, Sri Lanka’s architecturally unique twin-tower high rise was part of an on-going five-day study tour for architecture students of Dubai’s Amity University.

The group comprising of 30 final year students and two lecturers visited the Altair site at Sir James Peiris Mawatha, Colombo 2 for a conducted tour of the iconic structure with its distinguishing sloping and vertical towers.

This study tour is an annual highlight of the University’s curriculum for students of architecture. Last year’sstudy tour was to Singapore and included Marina Bay Sands, also designed by Altair architect Moshe Safdie.

“We were delighted to have these students, who were already familiar with Mr Safdie’s work, visit the site,” Altair Head of Sales & Marketing Jay Dias said. “Although the Amity University is located in a city known for its skyscrapers, both the students and their lectures were impressed by Altair’s design and distinctive structure.”

Now at its 58th level on the vertical tower and the 55th on the sloping tower, Altair will on completion comprise of a 63-storey tower which leans in to a taller, 68-storey tower. Acknowledged as a game changer in contemporary living in Sri Lanka, the Altair building has already brought a new dimension in aesthetics to Colombo’s skyline. It is intended to be a one-of-its-kind development in South Asia in terms of architectural design, structural engineering, and living experience.

Altair will offer its 400 apartments spectacular views of the Beira Lake, the Indian Ocean and the city of Colombo.

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.

Taken from Daily News

Altair felicitates Moshe Safdie

March 8, 2017

The management of Altair recently hosted an event at the Hilton to felicitate Moshe Safdie, the Altair project’s architect and architect of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and many other iconic buildings.

 

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Taken from FT.lk

Moshe Safdie’s visit to Altair Colombo

February 16, 2017

Here are some captures from Moshe Safdie’s recent visit to Altair.

 

Altair hosts Senior Bankers for Gourmet Dinner

May 27, 2016

 

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Extracted from Daily Mirror

Headed to be the iconic luxury apartments in Colombo, Altair hosted a gourmet dinner for Senior Bankers at the Hilton Colombo. –

Some of Sri Lanka’s most senior bankers came together recently at a networking dinner hosted by Indocean Developers, the promoter of the Altair luxury high-rise development in Colombo 2. The group comprised of Chairmen, Managing Directors, CEOs and Chief Operating Officers of leading local and international banks.

“Five top banks already offer home loans to buyers of Altair apartments, and several others are in discussions with us to do the same,” Altair Director Pradeep Moraes said. “The confidence of the banking community in the project is an important consideration to many prospective buyers.”  Designed by the celebrated global architect Moshe Safdie and projected to be a game changer in contemporary living in Sri Lanka, Altair will bring a new dimension in aesthetics to Colombo’s skyline. It is intended to be a one-of-its-kind development in South Asia in terms of architectural design, structural engineering, and living experience.

Comprising of two tower blocks, one of 63 storeys which leans in to a taller, 68-storey tower, Altair will offer its 400 apartments spectacular views of the Beira Lake, the Indian Ocean and the city of Colombo. 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.

Here are some captures from the night,

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

June 10, 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 opens fully-furnished ‘Show Apartments’

August 6, 2014

Altair, the architecturally-unique, 400-apartment twin-tower high-rise condominium at Sir James Peiris Mawatha, Colombo 2, opened its ‘Show Apartments’ at the site recently, with a simple religious ceremony attended by the Directors of the promoting company Indocean Developers and representatives of contracted companies and business partners.

Designed by the globally-recognised celebrity architect Moshe Safdie, Altair comprises of two tower blocks, one of which leans in to the other.

The taller of the two towers will rise to 68 stories and both towers will offer residents spectacular views of the Beira Lake, the Indian Ocean, the city of Colombo or a silhouette of the central hills.

This luxury residential project is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Pradeep Moraes and K.M. Sathian appointed Directors of Altair developer Indocean

August 5, 2014

Indocean Developers Ltd., the promoter of the iconic Altair twin tower condominium development in Colombo, has announced the appointment of Pradeep Moraes and K.M. Sathian as Directors of the company with immediate effect.
The two appointees are already closely involved with the ongoing luxury residential project in senior executive capacities, Moraes as President Sales and Marketing, and Sathian as President Projects.
Moraes joined Indocean Developers after 10 years as Head of Sales and Marketing in the property group of John Keells Holdings through its subsidiaries Asian Hotels & Properties PLC, John Keells Residential Properties Ltd., and British Overseas Ltd., in which capacity he headed a team that sold over 750 high-end luxury apartments.
Educated at St. Benedict’s College, Colombo, and at Aquinas University College, he began his corporate life in the commercial aviation sector, working for Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Gulf Air and Air Lanka. He subsequently went into Brand Management in the FMCG sector, and general management and marketing with CEO responsibility, for several leading entities in spheres such as air freight, industrial marketing, advertising, automobiles, home entertainment, security, motor racing, broadcasting and telecommunications.
Sathian is a Civil Engineer with over 28 years of experience in the fields of engineering, procurement and construction of high-rise buildings, large residential and commercial townships, airports, hospitals and sports stadiums. He has accumulated more than 16 years of experience in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with reputed companies such as Philipp Holzmann AG, WS Atkins, GHD Global Ltd. and East Consulting Engineering Centre.
In the seven years preceding his appointment with Altair, Sathian was the Project Head for the ‘Urbana’ township development, at 12 high-rise residential towers of 40 to 60 storeys each and 51 bungalows with all amenities spread over 65 acres of land, the single most significant development in Eastern India.
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 into a taller, 68-storey tower, Altair, located at Sir James Peiris Mawatha, Colombo 2 (the former Colombo Commercial Co. property), 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. Altair residences is scheduled for completion in 2017.
Indocean is a joint venture of the six conglomerates that makes up the South City Group, which brings together over 150 years of cumulative development experience. One partner alone has a market capitalisation in excess of $ 2 billion, and  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.

Altair awards construction contract to Shapoorji Pallonji

February 27, 2014

Iconic twin-tower luxury condominium project on Beira promenade begins next phase

Colombo, 11th February 2014: Construction giant Shapoorji Pallonji, the US$3 billion construction company whose contributions to the skylines of planet earth include India’s tallest residential towers
— the Imperial of Mumbai –and several skyscrapers of Dubai, has been appointed the main

contractor for Sri Lanka’s Altair residential twin tower in Colombo.

The contract awarded to Shapoorji Pallonji International operating out of Dubai, covers construction of the foundations, superstructure and civil works and overseeing finishes for the unique diagrid- supported towers of Altair;a 63-storied tower leaning into a 240 metre, 68-storied vertical tower that will be the centrepiece of South Asia’s first promenade development, on the lake front of the Beira.

Construction of the 400 luxury apartment development designed by the international celebrity architect Moshe Safdie is to be completed in 2017.

Announcing the award of the construction contract to Shapoorji Pallonji, Altair President Sales & Marketing Pradeep Moraes said the choice of a company with a 149-year lineage in construction is in keeping with its promoter’s philosophy of bringing together industry leaders in every sphere required for the challenging build of a breath-taking development whose unique design and distinctive structure will firmly place Sri Lanka on the architectural map of the world.

“In terms of building truly iconic high rise structures that redefine concepts of architectural design and push the boundaries of shape, there is probably no match for Shapoorji Pallonji,” Altair Director Jugal Khetawat concurred. “In the Middle East and India in particular, numerous buildings that endure in memory for their aesthetic brilliance have been built by Shapoorji Pallonji.”

Among the many architectural landmarks built by the company are the Park Towers Dubai, the Palace of Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said of Oman, The Taj Intercontinental Hotel Mumbai and the Hilton Riyadh. At 68 stories, Altair will be one of the tallest residential towers in South Asia, equalling the Imperial Towers of Mumbai, which were also built by Shapoorji Pallonji, Mr Khetawat said.

The appointment of Shapoorji Pallonji as main contractor also brings significant synergistic benefits, he disclosed. The owners of Shapoorji Pallonji are the single biggest stakeholders in the Tata Group.

Altair Director Pradeep Sureka added: “In structural terms and in design, Altair will be unique. In Shapoorji Pallonji we have a construction giant with time-tested credentials and creative construction in its DNA.”

In the choice of main contractor, one of the principal considerations was the builder’s ability not only to execute the architect’s design, but to meet the extremely high expectations of the owner and promoter of the development in all aspects, and to deliver all stages contracted to schedule, Mr Sureka said.

Speaking on behalf of Shapoorji Pallonji International, M.D.Saini, the company’s Managing Director

& CEO said: “We are delighted to be awarded the construction of what promises to be another architectural icon, and look forward to partnering a reputed Group such as South City, the promoter of Altair. Building a design of Moshe Safdie, the architect responsible for Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, is an exciting challenge and one that our team is eager to grapple with.”

A Mumbai based business conglomerate with interests in construction, real estate, textiles, engineering goods, home appliances, shipping, publications, power and biotechnology, the Shapoorji Pallonji Group is regarded one of India’s most valuable private enterprises. The Group has an engineering and construction pedigree spanning 149years and a project portfolio covering multi- asset class developments in India, the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Iraq, Kuwait Libya, Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, and Sri Lanka. Shapoorji Pallonji Engineering & Construction has 12 global offices, 16,000 staff, 2,500 engineers and more than 200,000 technicians and labourers.

All Piling work for the Altair development at Sir James Peiris Mawatha, Colombo 2 has been completed and Shoring, entrusted to Sincon International of Singapore, is nearing completion. Among the other leading contractors involved in the project are Derby Design, the Structural Design

Consultants for the famed Dubai Mall – the largest shopping Mall in the World, the 83-storey Ocean Heights Dubai, the National Library and Drama Centre Singapore and the Manila Airport among others; Barker Mohandas – USA, the Vertical Transport specialists whose projects include Visionnaire New York, AlRiyadh Tower Saudi Arabia and Shenyang IFC China; andRWDI Wind Analysis Consultants whose work includesBurj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building, Petronas Towers, Freedom Tower New York at the WTC location and the London Millennium Bridge.

Altair awards shoring contract to Singapore firm Sincon

December 4, 2013

Altair, the peerless twin-tower luxury condominium development in Colombo 2, has announced the award of its shoring contract to Sincon International, a specialist construction company headquartered in Singapore.

The US$ 2.5 million contract is for a Secant Pile Shoring System consisting of overlapping concrete piles that form a strong and permanent watertight barrier that will support the structure during construction, the company said.

Shoring work has already commenced at the Sir James Peiris Mawatha site, following the completion of piling by San Piling, a sister company of Sanken Lanka. The building’s 283 bored cast in-situ reinforced concrete piles have been socketed into the rock at a depth of 8 to 10 meters.

In selecting the shoring solution, Altair promoter Indocean Developers conformed to best industry practice that itsCalcutta-based owning company South City Group is famed for, top civil engineer K.M. Sathian, President (Projects) said. Threeshoring options– soldier piling, sheet piling and secant wall piling — were considered before opting for secant wall piling, he explained.

Altair selected secant wall piling for an interlocking, completely watertight perimeter with around 475 piles of 880mm diameter bored to a depth of 18 metres. In addition to being significantly stronger than the other options available, the secant wall pile is also a permanent structure unlike the others, and saves up to three months in the excavation and post excavation stages of construction, Mr Sathian said.

The Civil Engineer who managed the construction of the US$ 550 million, nine tower, 66-acre Urbana residential township in Kolkata, Mr Sathian will administer the Altair development. Prior to joining the South City Group, he was associated with several internationally-reputed construction and engineering consultancy firms of the calibre of Philipp Holzmann AG Germany, WSAtkins and GHD Global Pty Limited.

As construction related work keeps to schedule for Altair’s September 2017 completion, prospective and confirmed buyers will have the benefit of a ‘show apartment’ adjacent to the construction site, President Sales & Marketing Pradeep Moraes said. Expected to be ready by January 2014, the show apartment and Altair sales office will replicate the unique Diagrid design of the high-rise and will capture in a precise and exact form, the offerings of this iconic development, he said.

Construction of the structure for the show apartment has been entrusted to Vahana,a Malaysian company which is a subsidiary of Eversendai, the world renowned steel structure specialists who constructed the steel structure of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

The shoring contractor Sincon has been laying the groundwork for numerous multi-million dollar projects throughout Southeast Asia since 1981. The company is global leader in geotechnical, foundation and civil engineering works, including soil improvement works.

A property development of breath-taking architectural, aesthetic and lifestyle dimensions, Altair, designed by the international celebrity architect Moshe Safdie is expected to become an emblematic Colombo landmark on completion. It is a 240-metre twin tower residential skyscraper comprising of 400 luxury apartments with two-three and four bedroom options, lavish penthouses and presidential suites. Its two tower blocks — a 63-storied tower leaning into a 68-storied vertical tower — will offer spectacular views of the Beira Lake, the Indian Ocean and the city of Colombo from a total of 1.3 million square feet of high-end eco-friendly living space on a two-acre site.