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Fah Thai Magazine May June 2018

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KHMER MODERNISM For enthusiasts who love to scout for awesome buildings, the IFL buildings are magnificent examples of how the architect achieved his own personal directives. Vann Molyvann was known for his modern designs that fit well in the tropical heat. Small precise structures, raised platforms, cross-ventilation, aesthetic “claustra” and “brisesoleil” screens are heavily featured. In the middle of the plaza at the IFL complex is a giant banyan tree under which you might want to sit down and soak in the unique 1960s atmosphere. But the highlight from Vann Molyvann’s playful mind is in the main building’s staircase. Leading from the first to the fourth floor, the simple and open staircases seamlessly form an infinite juxtaposition. A flow of pedestrian traffic going up and down creates Above, Left and Right The shape of a fan provided design inspiration for the Chaktomuk Conference Hall, accentuated by traditional Khmer elements. Vann Molyvann began work on the conference hall, his first building, upon his appointment as chief architect in the 1950s. Vann Molyvann was known for his modern designs that fit well in the tropical heat. ever-changing and fluid human patterns. It is something genius in my opinion – and you have to be there to understand it. The ‘Golden Age’ of Cambodia took place between the 1950s to 1960s when the country celebrated its full independence for the first time after almost a century as a French protectorate. The then King Norodom Sihanouk had a great vision to wholesomely uplift his country through education, arts and culture. Vann Molyvann, the Kampot province native, was coming back from his years on scholarship studying architecture in Paris. Heavily influenced by Le Corbusier and the like; he was appointed the State Architect and Head of Public Works. Unlike other prestigious architectural projects where people would need to pay to be able to enjoy the building facilities, Vann Molyvann’s landmarks were all public projects, hence creating a greater impact for everyday people. Doing the research for this architectural trip to Phnom Penh, we wish we could have seen the gorgeous 1962 Preah Suramarit National Theatre – an icon in the cultural landscape of Phnom Penh and the host to the National Conservatory of the Arts. The building had been torn down in 2008 after a fire severely damaged its structure. New Khmer Architecture in Phnom Penh has become an WINS BEST PHOTOGRAPHY AT RENOWNED PEARL AWARDS IN NEW YORK CITY WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE RECEIVED A PRESTIGIOUS GOLD AWARD FOR BEST PHOTOGRAPHY FROM THE CONTENT COUNCIL, THE PREMIER ORGANISATION BASED IN NEW YORK REPRESENTING CONTENT MARKETERS GLOBALLY The winners of the gold, silver and bronze awards were announced on December 7th 2017 in an awards ceremony in New York City. Find out more winners at www. Published by 64 Scan Me