Phnom Penh, 500sqm, concept 2019
Cross house, Phnom Penh, concept 2019
The house inserts itself in the center of the plot to respond to a kink in the plot geometry. The plan is based on a functional cross diagram which create 4 wings, with each the relationship to small external areas.
This house is designed for a family which receives regularly visitors and host guests, hence we had identify 4 functions to need separation:
the family spaces which are the most intimate and should not be visible to anybody from outside the house,
the guest areas for long stay which also need privacy but which need to be separated from the family spaces
The front of house where business and courtesy visits happen and the back of house which is meant for service and support function
The house was kept low- rise and made use of the extensive plot of land available to create a strong interface with the landscape.
The material we have used is a soil render which show the house belongs to the ground and anchors it to its territory. A curvy rammed earth wall leads the visitor through the house and allow him to discover the house slowly while maintaining privacy for the inhabitants. The swimming pool acts like the center of the cross plan, a feature which is an intentional actualization of the mid century American villas typology which was popularized by Franck Lloyd Wright and later Richard Neutra.
Antoine Meinnel / Bloom Architecture Co. Ltd.
Team: Antoine Meinnel, Ith Sovannarith, Ny Kechseang, Om Phalla