The talented team of Design One Limited prides itself on providing customized design solutions and developments with a personal touch. This philosophy means the company has established an impressive reputation as a premier boutique corporate architectural design practice in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Their founder Dhananjana Ameresekere (known as Dan) grew up in the city and as a child always enjoyed making things. Watching him, his mother suggested he should become an architect when he grew up which struck a chord as it offered the perfect opportunity for him to combine his inventive skills and creative talents.
This led to him spending time studying and working in America and working in Singapore to establish his name in the architectural industry. After amassing significant experience, he returned home to Colombo where he founded Design One Limited in October 2011. The company continues to flourish under his leadership as Managing Director where his innovative approach and out-of-the-box thinking have resulted in some exceptional and ground-breaking architecture. Dan is also a member of both the American and Sri Lanka Institutes of Architects as well as being a certified Green Mark Manager of the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore. This means that environmentally sustainable principles are applied across all designs right from the start.
The company is renowned for its customized projects which they have developed across a wide range of sectors in the marketplace. These include bespoke designer homes, bus terminals and transportation hubs, rooftop lounges, high-rise multi-use developments, and even complete cities. For each project, Design One Limited’s team of experts takes inspiration from the site, then looking carefully at every option to create the ultimate functionality while always taking the client’s needs into consideration. This continues through every stage including planning, design, and finishing touches – leading to a unique design every time.
Design One Limited has been instrumental in the development of a wide variety of striking projects around the country. Their portfolio includes the futuristic Lotus Mall, inspired by the shape of the lotus leaf and offering shops and parks for the ultimate in relaxation. The Kandy City Centre Extension and its stylish new cinema complex are soon to be completed and sits facing the Kandy Lake. The company has also been heavily involved in improving the country’s infrastructure. The Pettah Integrated Transport Hub is in place to revolutionize Colombo’s public transport, bringing the city’s rail, bus, ferry, car, and pedestrian systems together.
There is also a range of projects underway elsewhere in the country as well as further afield. These include the proposed Technology City for the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission in Southern Sri Lanka and the Twin Tower Development for the Colombo Municipal Council as well as a Twin Tower Commercial Development in Shenzhen, China.
Design One Limited stands as a leading example of innovation and excellence of service in the creation of unique and striking architecture across an incredible variety of projects. This has led to the company being selected by the experts at the Luxury Lifestyle Awards as a well-deserved winner in the category of Best Luxury Architect Studio in Sri Lanka for 2021.
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