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Wednesday30 July 2014

British Council HQ on site

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Jestico & Whiles restore and modernise the facilites in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Jestico & Whiles has started work on the overhaul of the British Council’s headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The existing villa will be restored and modernised and a new extension will include a library built on a raised deck with an elliptical stairway connecting the floors.

Jestico and Whiles' British Council HQ

Jestico and Whiles’ British Council HQ, Sri Lanka

Beneath the library two smaller, contrasting pavilions will be created – one featuring a multi-purpose hall, the other for customer services.

James Tatham, associate director at Jestico + Whiles said: “Indigenous forms and influences have been incorporated and reinterpreted to provide a clean, contemporary building, which we believe captures the UK’s innovation and design skills, whilst sitting comfortably within the architectural, cultural and climatic context of the site.”

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