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The Indian High Commission on Tuesday announced the winner of the design competition for the Jaffna Cultural Centre. India will build the centre, costing about LKR 900 million (1 INR = 2.5 LKR).

In a ceremony here, S. M. Krishna, Indian Minister for External Affairs, and Basil Rajapaksa, Sri Lankan Minister for Economic Development, presented awards to the top three architects whose entries were selected by a jury after the completion of the National Design Competition.

The design submitted by Archt. Madura Premathileka was adjudged first; while that submitted by Cynthia & Athula Ranasinghe Chartered Architects was declared second and the one submitted by Design Consortium (Pvt) Ltd, was declared third. A total of 29 entries were received. From this eight were shortlisted. The winner was awarded a prize amount of US$3,500. The runner-up was awarded $3,000, and the second runner-up, $2,500. Madura also made a presentation to Mr. Krishna and his team on the design.

A release from the High Commission said that the primary purpose of the Jaffna Cultural Centre would be to provide a cultural and social space for the people of Jaffna to enjoy various local and international cultural products, apart from serving as a delivery centre for training, instructions and education in a variety of cultural disciplines. For these purposes, the Centre would comprise a theatre-style auditorium (with projection facilities) with a capacity of about 600 people, a multimedia library with on-line research facilities, exhibition and gallery space and a museum. It would also have an instructional wing, which would have facilities for the conduct of classes in vocal and instrumental music, dance and languages, including a language lab. It would also be able to serve as a hub for civil society activities, for which purpose it would include a conference hall-cum-seminar room.

In order to select the best design for Jaffna Cultural Centre that would take these requirements into account, it was jointly decided by both the governments to conduct a National Design Competition. The Sri Lanka Institute of Architects (SLIA) was entrusted with the task of conducting the National Design Competition in two separate rounds. A seven-member jury, co-chaired by Ashok K. Kantha, High Commissioner of India and Ranjan Nadesapalli, President of SLIA, one architect each from SLIA and India, one representative each from the Government of India and Sri Lanka, and the Mayor of Jaffna evaluated the entries received during the National Design Competition. The entries were evaluated by the jury without knowledge of the architects, through a process of assigning code numbers to each entry.

This Project is one of the many initiatives taken by the Government of India to assist the people of Sri Lanka and will be implemented under grant assistance from the Government of India with the cooperation of the Ministry for Economic Development and the local Government. (Source: The Hindu)

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  • RajasH Wednesday, 18 January 2012 08:24 AM

    Keep China away Centre?

    sinhaya Wednesday, 18 January 2012 08:45 AM

    So finally we see some development in the North

    willows Wednesday, 18 January 2012 09:06 AM

    are they going to preserve the Jaffna culture??

    f perera Friday, 20 January 2012 04:37 AM

    It is superb,are there place for poor farmers in Jaffna.

    Hari Wednesday, 18 January 2012 12:13 PM

    No this center will teach sinhalese about Jaffna culture. specially sinhala forces. The center was designed by sinhala buddist architect.

    Kaush Wednesday, 18 January 2012 01:10 PM

    Have you been sleeping?

    Ragu Wednesday, 18 January 2012 01:31 PM

    I am from Jaffna but it looks like we are focusing on Jaffna too much and seems ignoring other areas affected areas like Trinco,Mannar and Batticalo.

    Sanka Wednesday, 18 January 2012 02:42 PM

    Congratulations to Architect Madhura Premathilaka who will go to every detail of the aspects of the user,their unique culture and its preservation without any doubt.He was my year master way back in 1993 at Moratuwa and is the son of famous archeologist Prof.Premathilaka.


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