Work starts on MVRDV’s “woven” offices in Sri Lanka

Ground breaking has taken place at the site of Dutch architect MVRDV’s Veranda Offices, its first project in Sri Lanka.

The company is collaborating with local architects ACS Integrated and PWA Architects for client Moot Manor.

The 12,000 sq m building is eight storeys high and is located in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo.

Nathalie de Vries, MVRDV’s co-founder, says: "Our design approach is ecologically and culturally sensitive to the location and its future users by offering them attractive, light-filled offices with a lively commercial plinth."

The façade design is inspired by Sri Lankan weaving patterns, which make use of open verandas and panoramic windows to wrap around the building. The office floors are designed to be as flexible as possible, with options to rent small units or an entire floor, with each having its own panoramic veranda.

A cafeteria or small restaurant will be located on the ground level, and on the sixth floor there is a rooftop with a sculpture garden and shaded pavilions for events.

The project is due to be completed in February 2019.

Images courtesy of MVRDV

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