Monday, January 30, 2012

Bellevue Serviced Apartments takes shape across the Japanese Bridge

Stuart Alan Becker 
Thursday, 08 December 2011

Image Courtesy: The Phnom Penh Post

The residential development rising into existence on the far side of the Tonle Sap and adjacent to the Japanese Bridge is called Bellevue Apartments, 17 stories tall including the penthouse, with 147 units of one, two and three bedroom units scheduled for completion between April and June next year.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Phnom Penh is seeking investor in public bus

Public transportation is needed for Phnom Penh as the city population is getting bigger and the city is expanding. Public transportation could help reduce expenses, save fuel, reduce congestion, and reduce carbon footprint. Here, we got 2 letters from the Phnom Penh city hall website. The first one is the letter that the city hall is seeking companies to invest in public bus and the second is the letter of the result of shortlisted companies. This is a good step toward public transportation in Phnom Penh city.
1st letter

2nd letter

[Event] Phnom Penh: planned and un-planned

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Sleuk Rith Institute

Document Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) is an organisation which is leading in documenting about Pol Pot regime since 1995. The center is planning to build The Sleuk Rith institute which will be a permanent documentation center of Cambodia and it aims to be the leading center for genocide study in Asia. The Institute will consist of 3 pillars: a museum, a research center and a school. 
More info please go to:
Drawing by Architect Asasax

Thursday, January 26, 2012

2nd Public Gym

After the 1st Public Gym in front of Wat Oudnalom was successfully launched, the 2nd project on the Park at the east of the Ministry of National Defense, along Road 169 had been established. That public gym was built on the existing park by sharing a space size of 920m2 and equipped 18 different types of equipments. Most of those equipments were imported and the rests were local.
Project Site: On Road 169, Mittapheap Commune, 7 Makara District
Project Owner: The Phnom Penh Capital Hall
Contractor: Mony Morakod Company
Duration: Started from October 17, 2011 and expects to complete on January 30, 2012 (107 days)
Budget: 163,000,000.00 Riels about 40,177.USD
Result Accomplished: 80%

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Read Projects Cambodia in your preferred language

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Unknown Projects

Today we have some photos from MK Kaisha Pte, a Singapore-based design and build company. We do not have detail on these projects but we know that these will be located in Cambodia. Please enjoy!

Mixed Development (Retail, Office & Residential)

Mixed Development (Services Apartments & Residential)

Mixed Development (Retail, Serviced Apartments & Grade A Office)

Human Resources Development Center

Today, we have another project donated by Korean International corporation agency (KOICA). The project started last year in the Royal University of Phnom Penh complex. The project is human resources development center which is designed with the purpose to improve national competitiveness of Cambodia through human resources development program. The center will be equipped with modern teaching materials, creating human resource development program including Information Technology, and Technical Training courses, and dispatching Korean experts.

the picture  of artist's visualization
Project Summary:
Site Area: 5,457 sq.m
Total Floor Area: 3,482 sq.m
Building Area: 2,791 sq.m
Structure: Reinforced concrete
External wall finish: Anti-pollution Silicon paint + Metal Sheet
Construction Period: Oct-2011 to Feb-2013
Estimated Coist: USD 6.5 million
Project Management: Samwoo CM
Contractor: HYUNDAI AMCO CO., Ltd.
Location: Royal Unversity of Phnom Penh complex

Construction Site

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Japanese Investors Seek Technology Market in Phnom Penh

A delegation led by Mr. Kazutoshi FUKUDA, Managing Director of Kyosan Electric Mfg Co., Ltd and Mr. Yasuyoshi MUGIYA, Senior Managing Director of Toshiba Corporation held a discussion with H.E Governor KEP Chuk Tema in the morning of January 18, 2012 to present the modern technological products equipped with traffic signal aiming to reduce congestion in the city, especially to reduce green gas transmitted from vehicles which gradually increased each day. 

Mr. Kazutoshi FUKUDA had presented the new technology to establish electric light rail transit (LRT) which maximum could alleviate air pollution in the city and it could be easily recharged its power without using fuel. There was a special system which could create its own energy by battery from solar system. Moreover, Toshiba Corporation had also mentioned that aiming to reduce the traffic congestion; Toshiba had created a new technology with traffic light system, that equipment could automatically manage the stopping time for each intersection and it also could alert the traffic congestion at any intersection automatically if it is required.

H.E Governor had cheerfully appreciated to new and modern technology presented by the Japanese while Phnom Penh had been gradually developed and challenged with some difficulties to be solved. Moreover, the Capital Hall had already worked on a cooperation project for public transport (Tramway) starting from Phnom Penh International Airport to Preah Sakkchak Mony Chetdie which was strongly supported by Government of France, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with Systra Company; thus H.E Governor suggested to Japanese companies to apply their investment project proposal for consideration.

A New Football Course Appeared in Eastern Part of Phnom Penh

A 144m x 108m football course located in Chbar Ampov High School, Mean Chey District, Phnom Penh funded by the Bank of Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV), in the morning of January 19, 2012 was inaugurated and opened its first match (between Capital Hall officers and Chbar Ampor High School teachers) under presidency of H.E Governor KEP Chuk Tema.

According to the report of Mr. KUOCH Chamreoun, Mean Chey District Chief, starting from 2007 to 2011, the football course was mainly flooded and transferred to be a field for planting corn, tobacco, rice, sugarcane and other crops. However, from early academic year of 2011 – 2012, H.E Governor had decided to establish a new football course as a benefit for young generation to practice their sports. He had continued that Mean Chey District had removed all mud and replaced by sand, soil and laterite, grew green grass and rehabilitated surrounding access roads to become a beautiful and standard course which cost of 104,582 USD funded by BIDV as well as reclaimed land in front of the course of 30,427m3 that cost another 48,856USD which supported by the Capital Hall.  

​Addressing to the crowds, H.E Governor had conveyed his profound gratitude to the Bank of Investment and Development of Vietnam for providing 500,000USD to help the Capital Hall in development social welfare as well as education in Phnom Penh that could established a building for drug victims in Orkas Khnom (My Chance) Center, a school building at Mittepheap Kindergarten in Mittepheap Commune, 7 Makara District and a football course in Chbar Ampov High School which would become an international standard course. Moreover, H.E Governor had also appreciated to Chbar Ampov High School as well as Mean Chey District for their efforts in establishing new remarkable achievements. Furthermore, H.E Governor had continued that sport is a significant sector in develop human resources especially within youth generation to build up their healthy bodies and spirits and to divert them from other illegal games. 

Then, there was a friendship match between Capital Hall officers and teacher of that school. As the results, the Capital Hall officer team won 4 score over the teacher team and H.E Governor had decorated an award of 5 million Riels to the winner and 3 million Riels to the failure. Moreover, H.E Governor also provided 200 USD to each of 4 arbitrators, 200USD to coordinating committee, 20,000 Riels to each of 6 FIFA flag holders, 30,000 Riels to a deaf teacher, 10,000 Riels to each of 46 deaf students, 100 Cambodian Scout Youths and 50 Cambodian Red Cross youths. 

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Monday, January 23, 2012

A medical centre made from plastic bottles

When it comes to 21th century, people start to care about the environment as the world natural resources have been decreasing noticeably. Researchers have been working hard to find new alternative resources. While researching works on new alternatives are undertaking, reusing recycling and renewing method is also being used. Treak Village Medical Centre is a good example for this method. 

Treak Village Medical Centre is a project of a Cambodian non-profit NGO, HUSK for communities, formed by the owners and senior manger of The Villa Siem Reap and Sojourn. The medical center main wall construction material are plastic bottles in which green waste and wet rubbish are put. The plastic bottle is called Eco Block. According to HUSK website, the idea of Eco block is invented by Pura Vida.

The wall of this medical center is made by bounding the Eco blocks between layers of chicken wires which are attached to the metal frame. They use concrete up to 3 layers of cement mixed with sand to apply to the outside of the bottles. Process of making the wall is easy and the Eco block is green and cost efficient.
How do you think about this idea? Have you considered building your house with these Eco blocks? 

For more info please go to Husk Website.
Thank Inari Virkkala from Komitu architecs for providing photos and information.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Architect of Peace Building

Photo courtesy: PPP 7Day Photographer: Pha Lina

In Cambodian society, people know buildings rather than their architects and the word architect is used and known by a small amount of people only. Some use the word "engineer" to call an architect instead. This is caused by public lack of understanding of the profession. Projects Cambodia is committed to raise public awareness of this profession. 

Today Projects Cambodia would like to introduce a Cambodian young architect who have been responsible for a state large project. People know well about the Peace building which is bureau of the prime minister but only some people know who design it. Architect. Chea Bunseang was commissioned to design and manage the whole project. He was hired by Ly Chhoung Company as a principle architect and design manger. The Peace building project was completed in 2011 and Chea Bunseang left Ly Chhoung to open his own architectural firm under the name Bunseang architects and associates. He also worked as a studio lecturer in Panhasastra University of Cambodia. 

Bunseang graduated from Royal University of Fine Arts's Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism in Phnom Penh in 1998. He worked on urban poor projects for a Non-profit sector from 1997-2000. Then he worked for United Nations Mission in East Timor(UNMET) as a volunteer for 2 years. His works in East Timor related to buildings and infrastructures. After that, He furthered his master degree in urban environmental management at AIT (Asian Institute of Technologies) in Bangkok, Thailand. On completion of his master degree, he worked at World Bank country office in Phnom Penh as a consultant. He then left Phnom Penh for New York in 2007 and work  for an international architectural firm, Nobutaka Ashihara Associates (NAA). NAA is specialized in designing  high-rise buildings, hotels, resorts and retail and residential projects in New York City and around the world. Then he returned to Cambodia and had chance to design the new Landmark of Phnom Penh. Bunseang has much experience in this sector. 

Bunseang is a young and experienced Cambodian architect who is committed to create a modern, yet uniquely Cambodian, aesthetic in architecture. He once express his vision to the Phnom Penh Post and has been quoted that "Cambodia is going forward towards a civilized modern country, and society and will be growing up with tall buildings."

Peace building which includes council of ministers office and international conference center
Reference: BAA website, Phnom Penh Post 7Day archive

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Cambodia Tower in Vietnam?

Today, Chinese and Vietnamese people are celebrating their new year day and I found a special project to share with all of you on this new year. The project is designed by K&B corp, a Vietnamese design and construction company. The project is named Cambodia Tower but we do not know which part of Cambodia this projects have been building. According to discussion thread on, people are very confused about this project. A guy who is a member on that website provide a picture (second picture) that was shot in Vietnam and he claimed that the Cambodia Tower is in the territory of Vietnam. So why they name a tower in Vietnam Cambodia Tower? It is weird and the company website doesn't write anything besides their 3D pictures.  anyone who knows about this projects please kindly share with us here! Thank you! 

3D rendering of Cambodia Tower
Is this Cambodia Tower?

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Angkor 3D animation

This is amazing animation created by Monash University and the University of Sydney. The movie tells the stories of how people in the ancient time live and the city looks like in that time. 

All rights go to Monash University, being the creators of this amazing animation, based on factual studies and findings.
In this clip you will view:- City of Temples - Village Shrine - Residential - Living City - Major Canal - Waterways - Central Angkor - Rice Fields.
These animations depict what we know of landscapes and daily life at Angkor in 13th Century CE. Animations created collaboratively by Monash University and the University of Sydney. The Monash animation team would like to thank Roland Fletcher, Christophe Pottier, Martin Polkinghome and the Monash Faculty of IT. Also a big thank you to National Geographic for the Angkor Exhibition on the website and monthly issue.

(Youtube Description)

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Happy Chinese New Year!

The Underground City

Project Information:
Phnom Penh , Cambodia
Land area 65,305 sq.m.
Architect: A7corp
consist of
1. Gross Building Area
    152,844 sq.m
2. Parking Area 18,460 sq.m.
3. Salable Area 49,394
4. Plaza and Landscape Area
    65,305 sq.m.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

EU compound

Here we've got some beautiful photos of  EU compound. These 60s buildings were renovated very well. The renovation work was done by Archetype and construction by LBL international. The landscape was designed by Sala Landscape design, the only one landscape architectural firm in Cambodia. This renovated buildings look so beautiful and blends well with the new designed landscape. Please take a look at these photos. Thanks!
Photo courtesy: LBL international website
Photo courtesy: LBL international website
Photo courtesy: LBL international website
Photo courtesy: LBL international website
Photo courtesy: LBL international website
Photo courtesy: Saladesign Cambodia Facebook
Photo courtesy: Saladesign Cambodia Facebook
Photo courtesy: Saladesign Cambodia Facebook
Photo courtesy: Saladesign Cambodia Facebook