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

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