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Fah Thai Magazine May June 2018

Read FAH THAI MAGAZINE Online! Fah Thai is the inflight magazine of Bangkok Airways. We also come in a digital format. You can read us at Fahthaimag.com

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KHMER MODERNISM<br />

For enthusiasts who love to<br />

scout for awesome buildings, the<br />

IFL buildings are magnificent<br />

examples of how the architect<br />

achieved his own personal<br />

directives. Vann Molyvann was<br />

known for his modern designs<br />

that fit well in the tropical heat.<br />

Small precise structures, raised<br />

platforms, cross-ventilation,<br />

aesthetic “claustra” and “brisesoleil”<br />

screens are heavily<br />

featured. In the middle of the<br />

plaza at the IFL complex is a giant<br />

banyan tree under which you<br />

might want to sit down and soak<br />

in the unique 1960s atmosphere.<br />

But the highlight from Vann<br />

Molyvann’s playful mind is in the<br />

main building’s staircase. Leading<br />

from the first to the fourth floor,<br />

the simple and open staircases<br />

seamlessly form an infinite<br />

juxtaposition. A flow of pedestrian<br />

traffic going up and down creates<br />

Above, Left and<br />

Right<br />

The shape of a fan<br />

provided design<br />

inspiration for<br />

the Chaktomuk<br />

Conference Hall,<br />

accentuated by<br />

traditional Khmer<br />

elements.<br />

Vann Molyvann<br />

began work on the<br />

conference hall, his<br />

first building, upon<br />

his appointment as<br />

chief architect in<br />

the 1950s.<br />

Vann Molyvann was known for his modern<br />

designs that fit well in the tropical heat.<br />

ever-changing and fluid human<br />

patterns. It is something genius in<br />

my opinion – and you have to be<br />

there to understand it.<br />

The ‘Golden Age’ of Cambodia<br />

took place between the 1950s to<br />

1960s when the country celebrated<br />

its full independence for the first<br />

time after almost a century as<br />

a French protectorate. The then<br />

King Norodom Sihanouk had a<br />

great vision to wholesomely uplift<br />

his country through education,<br />

arts and culture. Vann Molyvann,<br />

the Kampot province native, was<br />

coming back from his years on<br />

scholarship studying architecture<br />

in Paris. Heavily influenced by<br />

Le Corbusier and the like; he was<br />

appointed the State Architect and<br />

Head of Public Works. Unlike other<br />

prestigious architectural projects<br />

where people would need to pay<br />

to be able to enjoy the building<br />

facilities, Vann Molyvann’s<br />

landmarks were all public projects,<br />

hence creating a greater impact<br />

for everyday people. Doing the<br />

research for this architectural trip<br />

to Phnom Penh, we wish we could<br />

have seen the gorgeous 1962 Preah<br />

Suramarit National Theatre – an<br />

icon in the cultural landscape of<br />

Phnom Penh and the host to the<br />

National Conservatory of the Arts.<br />

The building had been torn down in<br />

2008 after a fire severely damaged<br />

its structure.<br />

New Khmer Architecture<br />

in Phnom Penh has become an<br />

WINS BEST PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

AT RENOWNED PEARL AWARDS IN<br />

NEW YORK CITY<br />

WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE RECEIVED A PRESTIGIOUS<br />

GOLD AWARD FOR BEST PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

FROM THE CONTENT COUNCIL, THE PREMIER ORGANISATION BASED<br />

IN NEW YORK REPRESENTING CONTENT MARKETERS GLOBALLY<br />

The winners of the gold, silver and bronze awards were announced on December 7th 2017 in<br />

an awards ceremony in New York City. Find out more winners at<br />

www. thecontentcouncil.org/files/galleries/Pearl_Awards_2017_Winners.pdf<br />

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