Shangri-La Colombo

Client Shangri-La International
Location Colombo, Sri Lanka
Status Completed in 2017

The Shangri-La is the first building to be completed as part of Handel Architects' waterfront master plan for Colombo.

Located along the Galle Face Green promenade near the heart of the Sri Lankan financial and business district, the Shangri-La Colombo is the signature building in the country’s first internationally developed mixed-use project.

The site sits on ten acres of land and features stunning views of the Indian Ocean. The design explores the relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces by introducing vertical louvers to create a “transition zone” layer before entering formal spaces. The use of architectural projections with a white finish on the tower facade creates a modern feel, with influences from the local tropical vernacular.

The 5-star Shangri-La Colombo includes 500-rooms in a 23-story tower, atop a 4-story podium. Hotel amenities include over 48,000 sq. ft. of function space spread over three floors including a 20,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom. The hotel also features seven restaurants, a fitness center, spa, pool deck and two outdoor tennis courts.

In addition to designing the hotel, Handel Architects designed the master plan for the entire development, which, when fully built, will include office, retail, and over 400 residential units in two towers.



2018 Best Mixed Use Development - Property Guru Asia Property Awards


Design Architect

Design Partner(s)

Executive Architect - Chao Tse Ann & Partners Pte Ltd. Interior Designer - LTW Designworks


Priyantha Bandara