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bloom is a bespoke Architecture studio based in Phnom Penh and Paris

empowering local talents with global techniques and a sustainable philosophy.

 

Our hybrid architecture defines innovative answers to contemporary paradigms,

according to human centric and environmental conscious solutions

without losing sight of historical precedents.

 

Our vision is for cities to bloom with meaningful designs.

 

Each project shall be inspirational in its singular ways.

 

bloom is a responsible practice, driven by 3 pillar missions:

  • develop an architecture generating added value for the users,

  • empower a community of architects with shared values,

  • research continuously about the long term environmental and social impact of our buildings

 
 

PUBLICATIONS & LECTURES

PUBLICATION

 

- Architectural Guide Phnom Penh,

Moritz Henning / Walter koditek, DOM Publishers

- Design Anthology, 23:

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

Wallpaper  / Forbes / Architectural Digest / DesignBoom ...

- Digital publication: Factory Phnom Penh

DesignBoom  / Lonely Planet ...

- New Wave Khmer Architecture, Rooft

- Digital publication: Atelier Kampot

Archdaily / DesignBoom  / Retailblog ...

 

- "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 

LECTURES

- "Urban tranformations"  

Pannasastra Univeristy, Phnom Penh

- "Cambodia Now" by Antoine Meinnel, guest critic

Southeast Univeristy, Nanjing, March 2019

- "Bloom" 

Royal Univeristy of Fine Arts, Phnom Penh, 2018

AWARDS

- 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

 

TEAM

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ANTOINE MEINNEL

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. 

DISTINCTIONS:

2013: Meyer-Levy Prize - Best architecture diploma in France

2012: Trophée Béton 2012 - Best architecture diploma using concrete

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY

CONTEXTUAL

 

Where one could see a lack of resources, bloom see potential for creativity and opportunities in this to set higher standards of design in terms of urban planning, public spaces, sustainable construction methods and heritage preservation.

 

Working in Cambodia allowed us to question the role of the architect in the middle of the social and economic changes currently taking place, in response, we explore innovative architectural concepts to positively contribute to the debate.

 

We view our buildings as having a unique relationship with its territory, revealing reginal specificities we believe that a building designed for Kampot shall not be the same as building in Siem Reap or Phnom Penh.

 

 

HUMAN CENTRIC

We believe Architecture is not about creating ostentatious images but rather places where people live, mix and exchange. Through our buildings and developments, we allow for new behavior and new standards in urban planning, public spaces, sustainable construction methods and heritage preservation. bloom defends social mix, our project shall have an impact the multiple layers of the society in each project, not just an elite.

 

Every day, we see in our office talented young individuals aware of the global situations and long-term sakes, which makes us believe in a bright future.

SUSTAINABLE

 

bloom’s aim is to lower energy consumption, and to develop an architecture with lower carbon footprint. We have steadily developed our engineering capacity to decrease technological dependence on imported building products, supporting wherever possible local fabricators. Our designs work with the environment, not against it by allowing for new kind of spaces that filter the outside weather conditions and create synergies with the climate.

 

Carefully crafted projects minimize maintenance by shifting integrated technological solutions to visible and aesthetic passive systems. To generate comfort, we use layered façade system buffer spaces and natural ventilation, to passively control weather, blurring the relation between inside and outside allows us to conceive buildings that have a deeper connection to nature.

 

 

TIMEPROOF

 

bloom design robust buildings, made to last while keeping in mind that building shall be able to easily change destination. To fight obsolescence, we make clear the hierarchy of function and change and reversibility potential in order to foresee potential changes in the future.

 

This innovative way of considering buildings is inherited from our experience in adaptive reuse of existing structures. What matters is not only to rely on the historical value of a building, but to understand how it could still participate to society in the future. Time is a very powerful design ingredient, we reveal and intensify historical layers to synthesize new designs pursuing a narrative to emphasize past and potential future transformations of the building.

 
 

METHODS

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TRANSVERSAL & COLLABORATIVE WORKFLOW

 

By promoting dialogue and collaboration with our clients, bloom always ensure we develop a singular vision for each project. For each project, a transversal team of specific specialists and consultants are selected according to their fit with the project’s requirements. Carefully listening to the client and the selected consultants, bloom defines the main orientations of the project and establishes a roadmap followed by workshops with the client to assess the right architectural solutions.

 

Our mission is not only to design but as well to solve the technical coordination with consultants and clients. For instance, bloom invested in the use of large-scale physical model and BIM (Building Information Modelling) to enhance coordination.

 

Through this methodology and developing our own tools, bloom guarantee consistency and ensure the coherence of the design. Moreover, with each projects bloom has develop a trustful relationship with most local contractors, we value their opinion, permitting us to have clear estimates of a project value and constructability.

 

 

YOUR PARTNER IN CONSTRUCTION

 

While bloom have earned his reputation for the quality of our design, at the same time beautiful and pragmatic, we also have found many clients in need for a more holistic partner that could take them through all step of the construction process, from feasibility study to actual construction handover.

 

The architect stands as the advocate of the built quality, as the leader of the team of specialist who will materialize a client vision. Proposed specialists scope can be done by bloom in house or through partner companies depending on the complexity of the project,

for example:

Quantity survey / economist

Structural engineers

Civil engineers

MEP engineers

Interior design

Branding

Landscape

 

We feel invested and deal with your project like we would do with our own, always advising decisions for the benefits of the project. We are there at the very start of the project and will accompany until its completion.

 

We can be your long term partner in architecture.