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Phnom Penh, Concept 2016

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16 stories, 5000 sqm


This study was prepared by bloom for a client who wanted to capitalize on the development of high rises in Phnom Penh. A small plot of 1000sqm in the city center was selected for a 16 floors service apartement building.


The project was about designing a tower that would correspond to Phnom Penh, a significant, yet everyday architecture. The facade with wide balconies protects from the sun and rain, it is an exterior skin that dresses the building but also offers more uses to the residents. The balconies allowed to use standard windows that could be maintain by the inhabitants instead of having to invest in a building maintenance system.

The round shape of the facade are an homage to the typical residential architecture of Phnom Penh, its modern aspect makes no concessions to pseudo-vernacular. The idea was to conceive a building for Phnom Penh, that is not a generic tower with expensive and unsustainable glass curtain walls all around as any other major south-east Asian city.

Antoine Meinnel / Bloom Architecture Co. Ltd.

Team: Antoine Meinnel, Hen Darin, Hun Phanha, Khorn Pichet Parady

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