Chronicling Phnom Penh’s Architecture

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Chronicling Phnom Penh’s Architecture

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Taing Rinith
17 January 2020

The 363-page guide, containing contemporary photographs and historical images, gives a comprehensive overview of Phnom Penh’s building heritage,

There are people who enjoy financial gains from the new projects, but there are also those who are contrite about losing the old structures. Moritz Henning and Walter Koditek, a pair of friends and architects from Germany, are among the latter. Wanting those structures to be remembered forever, the two wrote a detailed guide on the city’s architectural features, the first of its kind in the modern era.

Walter refers to the New Khmer Architecture, a movement started by the young Khmer architects that studied abroad and contributed to the huge national building programme of King Sihanouk, including the legendary Vann Molyvann, who led it.The movement is characterised by a blend of international modernist architecture style with local vernacular forms and elements, creating a unique architectural expression which is “truly adapted to the local context and tropical climate”.

“One day in 2015, I thought Walter and I know many things about Cambodia, so we should do something about that,” Moritz says. “I had a concept about a book.”

“We also found that there was no book yet that gives a comprehensive overview about the unique architecture of Phnom Penh and that there was a void for us to fill,” Walter adds.

“Lastly, in recent years, while visiting the city for research work and holidays, we witnessed the rapid economic development and building boom in the capital, and we thought, in the view of this rapid urban transformation we need to document the outstanding buildings from different historical periods before they disappear.

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Re: Chronicling Phnom Penh’s Architecture

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Luv seeing these old pics..thks KFH

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