Lives in the old lab

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Lives in the old lab

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72 year-old retired teacher Phuong Chea has live in the former laboratory for twenty years.Photo: Khmer Times

By Taing Rinith
24 Jan 2020

"Yes, it is very old, almost a slum, but it is our home,”

One of Cambodian legendary architect Van Molyvann’s lesser known works is the original Pasteur Institute situated in a low-lying plain of Chroy Chongva peninsula. Having lost its original function for almost 40 years, it is now home to more than 100 families. But its future is still uncertain, due to the increasing demands of land for real estate developments. Taing Rinith presents a photo essay depicting the lives of those who live in the old lab.

The original Pasteur Institute is under threat as the result of the redevelopment and speculative land deals.

Pages from newspaper and magazine on the walls of the room tell what topics the habitants are into.

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