As i faced certain difficulties in finding a closed road, I selected a site located opposite Beira Lake which was also known as the Colombo Commercial Company(CCC) before it was shut down due to illegal charges and for few other court cases. The main reason for me to choose this area was because of the magnificent British architecture and the history of this site.
I was inspired by Venice, in Las Vegas, which had a concept of an enclosed street,with the same mood as in a street. This inspired me to create the High Street in an enclosed space, where people feel more entertained, relaxed and finds shopping a pleasure rather than a hassle.
As an interior design student studying in Academy of Design. I was assigned to choose a project of any desire. And i chose The High Street. (example of a high street)
But many avoid because of congestion of people and vehicles. Also the Pettah market is dominated by the males, the ladies do not feel free to shop and avoid shopping due to the lack of security and comfort. These were some problems which lead to design a space where these problems could be minimized.