- Name: Buddhika Prasad Wijewardhene
- Year: 2017
- Studio: Level III
- University: University of Moratuwa
Leveraging the hordes of city dwellers that flock to Panadura in the weekends, a ferry service and recreational facilities are the need of the hour.
Panadura a large town situated in the Kalutara District, surrounded on all sides by water; the Indian Ocean, the Bolgoda Lake and river. The city possess a sub urban characteristic but is now rapidly urbanizing to imitate the other towns situated along the Galle Road. According to the historical recordings and evidences there was a good ferry transportation system along the Bolgoda Lake. Due to some reasons this transportation system has been lost during the 19th century. But, by considering the present situation in Panadura, reestablishing ferry service will be a huge foot step to the development in Panadura.
According to the master plan development proposed, a market bazaar and market square lies side by side with the waterfront recreational area where the proposed ferry terminal would lie. Above mentioned commercial areas becomes densely occupied by the city dwellers in the weekend attracting approximately by 800 persons per hour in a busy day solely by the market. When considering the crowd gathering around the bazaar this could be twice or thrice that number. Considering the number of people driven towards the area, proposed urban design proposal generates recreational spaces and the waterfront developments continue towards the beach.
Basic idea of design is to combine and promote ferry & recreational activities which were differ from each other without affecting their function. Taking this idea in to account the ferry terminal was design to enhance the continuation of recreational activities while fulfilling ferry requirements. So the design was developed as a recreational mode at the waterfront development. The terminal functions would ride under the manipulated contours providing an area of green breathing space on top of the building. Proposed green pathway on top off the ferry connects either sides that were allocated due to the railway line and the site. The building opens up to the river at the water level underneath the proposed contoured landscape.
Ferry passengers are warmly welcome through a narrow entrance and taken to a spacious waiting area which confer the glamorous view of Bolgoda Lake. Solid voids, lights and shades will enrich the passengers in different ways throughout this journey. The vast open to sky void locates in middle of the design is the heart of this building which enhance the activeness of this terminal. Cafeteria lies on top of landscape act as the transmission point of combining recreational and ferry activities. Seating spaces and watch points throughout this proposed landscape soak life in to the recreational activities happening.