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History of the Building

Intricately laid mosaic floors and carved ceilings adorn this magnificent 200 year old mansion that was once home to one of the wealthiest Indian trading families in the island. Its Moorish and colonial influenced architecture and painstaking workmanship are typical of an era where time was spent on perfection, and space was an afforded luxury, Lalin discovered this building which had fallen into a terrible state of disrepair and neglect.

In august 2006 he acquired the building and the work of restoring, designing and creating began. Restoration involved extensive repairs to the building’s moulded ceilings, replacing the roof, re installing all infrastructures and refurbishing the blackened walls, doors and windows.

The design for each piece of furniture was done by Lalin and then fabricated and constructed by his team in Sri Lanka; custom design is what ensures that the style of CASA Colombo remains unique and a one of work of art.

In a record breaking seven months the project was completed and the derelict old mansion was transformed into the resplendent new face of style for boutique hotels in Sri Lanka. Even before it was opened for business, it was hailed by style and design magazine wallpaper, as a ‘style injection to Sri Lanka’s capital”.