Thursday, February 23, 2012

Construction firm aims at space elevator in 2050

We're sorry this is not Cambodia project but it is very interesting to share with all of you. We hope you don't mind!
The Yomiuri Shimbun

It may be possible to travel to space in an elevator as early as 2050, a major construction company has announced.

Obayashi Corp., headquartered in Tokyo, on Monday unveiled a project to build a gigantic elevator that would transport passengers to a station 36,000 kilometers above the Earth.

For the envisaged project, the company would utilize carbon nanotubes, which are 20 times stronger than steel, to produce cables for the space elevator.

The idea of space elevators has been described in several science-fiction novels. Obayashi, however, believes it is possible to construct one in the real world thanks to carbon nanotubes, which were invented in the 1990s, the company said.

Some other organizations have also been studying the development of space elevators, such as the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

In Obayashi's project, a cable would be stretched up to 96,000 kilometers, or about one-fourth of the distance between the Earth and the moon. One end of the cable would be anchored at a spaceport on the ground, while the other would be fitted with a counterweight.

The terminal station would house laboratories and living space. The car could carry up to 30 people to the station at 200 kilometers per hour, which would mean a 7-1/2 day trip to reach the station. Magnetic linear motors are one possible means of propulsion for the car, according to Obayashi.

Solar power generation facilities would also be set up around the terminal station to transmit power to the ground, the company added.

Whether carbon nanotubes can be mass-produced economically enough and whether various organizations from around the world can work together are two key issues facing the development of the space elevator, according to the company.

"At this moment, we cannot estimate the cost for the project," an Obayashi official said. "However, we'll try to make steady progress so that it won't end just up as simply a dream."

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Siem Reap International Airport: New VIP terminal project

We haven't had new post for long time. Today, Projects Cambodia would like to share some photos of the newly built VIP terminal at Siem Reap international airport. 

Project info:
Owner: State secretariat of civil aviation
Client: Siem Reap International Airport
Architecture, Engineering, Project Management: ASMA architects
Structural Design: STD consultant
M&E consultant: Exchange Service
Civil Work Contractor: LBL international
M&E contractor: COMIN Khmer

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Investment jumps 159%

Phnom Penh Post
May Kunmakara
Thursday, 16 February 2012

Heng Chivoan/Phnom Penh Post
People walk on a beach near the bridge to Koh Puos, the site of a large-scale tourist development, in Preah Sihanouk province in July last year.
The total approved investment jumped about 159 per cent year-on-year in 2011 to US$7.021 billion from $2.7 billion the year before, official data from the Council of the Development of Cambodia (CDC) showed.

The tourism, industry and agricultural sectors saw dramatic increases, 1,993.57 per cent, 203.48 per cent, and 31 per cent respectively, the data showed. It showed total investment in the tourism sector reaching $2.760 billion with 8 projects, up from $132 million the year before. 

Industry attracted $2.869 billion with 113 project, of which 78 were in the garment sector, compared to $945 million in 2010. 

The agricultural sector with 24 projects took in $725 million compared to $554 million in 2010, according to the data. 

Sunday, February 12, 2012


Back in 2007 and 2008, in the capital city of Cambodia, we could see that constructions of buildings, skyscrapers and city developments are very active.
The advertisements of the skyscraper and city development projects were seen every day on local magazines, newspapers and televisions.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Cambodia’s Developers Again Aim at Stars


PHNOM PENH—Cambodia’s low-rise capital city is reaching for the sky—again.

Long known as one of the last major Asian cities without a skyline, Phnom Penh embarked on a high-rise building boom in the middle of the last decade, only to see it derailed by the global financial crisis of 2008 and 2009. Although a few tall buildings were completed, including a 32-story bank tower, other ambitious projects—like an 1,820-foot skyscraper that would have been the tallest in Asia at the time and among the tallest buildings in the world, behind Dubai’s 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa—never got off the ground.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

The Star Emerald

This is another new project of A7corp in Phnom Penh. We don't have information about this projects but only some renderings and maps. According to the pictures below, it is seemingly residential project like Borei Peng Hourt residential complex which is also designed by A7corp. We'll keep you updated if we get more information. Thanks! 

Friday, February 3, 2012

Riviera project started

Image Courtesy: A7corp
This is not Singapore's Marina Bay Sands but Riviera project in Phnom Penh City, Cambodia.The foundation work of The Riviera have started for a month on Diamond island. The project is developed by OCIC and designed by Thailand's architectural firm A7corp. A7corp has a very close relationship with  some powerful Cambodian real estate developers. Riviera is the biggest project started so far on diamond island and appears to be the 2nd permanent structure after Elite town which is nearing completion. We do not have information about this project's function but according to its location, design, and renderings, we can assume that The Riviera would be function as retails, hotel, and apartment... We also don't have information about the cost of this project but it must be much less than Marina since the 3 towers supporting the sky garden are shorter and not as complex as Marina Bay Sands.