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2007 Awards Entries for Culture Heritage Conservation


Sri Lanka

 

Galle Fort Hotel, Galle

The Galle Fort Hotel was first built as a residence by a local Muslim Family in the 15th century and has been subsequently reconstructed to be a family home in the 1950s. The present occupants brought the house to convert it into a hotel and therefore needed to undertake restoration, repair and improvement of facilities in the house. The project carefully removed new structures in the interior and exterior and restored the building in keeping with its traditional architectural style.

 

The Temple of the Tooth Relic, Kandy

The Temple of the Tooth Relic complex, which dates back over 400 years, was destroyed by a bomb in 1998. The conservation project required careful discussion between archeologists and architects to develop an appropriate conservation method for restoring the heritage buildings in the temple. The restoration followed architectural principles of the Kandyan period. The project began in 2001 with an initial survey and analysis, followed by a detailed structural investigation. The building was then restored using the traditional way of building historical structures.