bloom is a boutique architecture office based in Phnom Penh.
We function as a creative studio where we combine our understanding of Khmer identity with methodologies from leading international architecture offices.
Our belief is that each building shall be exemplary and inspirational.
Our vision is that design makes cities bloom
HERITAGE & INNOVATION
Through exemplary buildings and developments, we believe it is possible to trigger new behaviors and set new standards in urban planning, public spaces, sustainable construction methods and heritage preservation.
Everyday we see in our office talented young individuals
growing at the contact of experienced international architects,
and believe in a bright future.
Pannasastra Univeristy, Phnom Penh
- "Cambodia Now" by Antoine Meinnel, guest critic
Southeast Univeristy, Nanjing, March 2019
Royal Univeristy of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, 2018
- Architectural Guide Phnom Penh,
Moritz Henning / Walter koditek, DOM Publishers
Adaptive Reuse, Cambodia
French-Cambodian architect Antoine Meinnel’s Phnom Penh firm Bloom Architecture is behind several projects that reflect its approach to heritage conservation
- Digital publication: FCC Siem Reap
- Digital publication: Factory Phnom Penh
- New Wave Khmer Architecture, Rooft
- Digital publication: Atelier Kampot
- "Antoine Meinnel, abandonner les clichés sur l’architecture tropicale"
Cambodge Mag, 2019,
- Chris van Uffelen "YOUNG VISIONARIES, The New Generation of Architects" BRAUN PUBLISHING 06/2018 English, Hardcover, ISBN 978-3-03768-233-3
- "Bloom Architecture", Sovrin Magazine, July 2017
- Atelier Kampot:
Architectural Review New into Old 2019 - SHORLISTED
DEZEEN Awards 2019 _ LONGLISTED
- Factory Phnom Penh:
DEZEEN Awards 2019 _ LONGLISTED
- In Vino Veritas:
Meyer-Levy Prize 2013, Best architecture diploma in France
Trophée Béton 2012, Best architecture diploma using concrete
Architect DE ENSA Versailles
French / Cambodian
2015: founded BLOOM Architecture
2011 - 2014: Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland
2011: OMA - Rem Koolhaas, Rotterdam , Holland
2009 – 2010: Michel Desvigne Paysagiste, Paris, France
2005 - 2011: Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecure de Versailles, France.
2013: Meyer-Levy Prize - Best architecture diploma in France
2012: Trophée Béton 2012 - Best architecture diploma using concrete
‘The office functions as a workshop.
It is a creative sanctuary where anyone can suggest an idea at any time.’
We believe it is our duty to educate the next generation of local architects. We teach them the tools they need to be independent. Working alongside international people they learn new ways to deal with common issues and challenging situations.
Methods & Services
‘BLOOM uses physical and numerical models with BIM (Building Information Modeling) to design and solve the technical coordination with consultants and clients.
One 3D file incorporates all the data.’
A strong concept drives the design process
First, we decide with the client and the consultants what will be the main orientation of the project. It is important to identify the reason why the project is needed and meaningful. BLOOM establishes a roadmap to asses the risks and organize workshops with the client to provide the right solutions to the requirements.
Dialogue and experimentation are an important part of the process. BLOOM methods guarantee consistency of the design. We always make sure the design is coherent and corresponds the initial guidelines.
Clients & Consultants
are sharing a vision
‘By promoting dialogue and understanding we develop long term relationships.
We work hand in hand with clients sharing our values. We only commit to a limited amount of project to ensure we have the time to develop the vision with each client’
For each project, specific specialists and consultants
are integrated to our flexible structure. For instance:
C&S - Structure Engineers
MEP - Service Engineers
Graphic - Branding designers
Client assistance / third party consultant
While BLOOM has earned his reputation for the quality of our design, which ally aesthetic to pragmatism, we also have found many clients in need for a more holistic partner that could assist them through all step of the construction process, from feasibility study to actual construction handover.
Our mission is for the architect not only to be a designer but the advocate of the built quality, who assists to materialize a client vision. We wish to be there at the very start of the project and accompany it until its completion, defining a long term partnership. In quality of advisor we deal with a project like if it was our own and help client to make decisions for the benefits of the project.
The range of our services is very wide and can go from interim project review from another designer to a full project management scope on top of our design role. Furthermore bloom is often being requested by international design firms or clients to assist in quality of local architect providing local knowledge and helping with due diligence, regulatory reviews and permit applications as well as site supervision and implementation of the design.