Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Designed by Phnom Penh-based studio Bloom Architecture, the weekend residence for a large family was conceived as an abstract reinterpretation of the nearby traditional Khmer houses defined by a deep connection with its natural settings and comfortable interiors.
The long rectangular box-shaped volume maximizes the unique views of the river.
From the roadside, the villa offers a theatrical sense of arrival.
First, a mineral drop-off evokes a sense of mystery with a series of wide wooden pivot doors.
Once opened, emergencies an enclosed palms garden bordered by an alluring walkway and a basrelief.
As one gets closers to the green riverbank, a terraced minimalist garden of grass and palm trees allows the view of the Mekong from the living room.
The support function of the villa is combined in a separate volume, fully covered with local golden sandstone, which continues to the kitchen with seamless floor-to-ceiling sandstone sliding doors.
The ground floor is kept completely transparent, enclosed with large sliding glass panels, to emphasize the relation to the horizon. This is the space for a family reunion.
The upper floor is fully protected with wooden shutters, maintaining privacy.
This helps to filter the light and protect the deep balconies of the bedrooms from the sun and rain.
The Mekong Villa marks the continuation of Bloom’s work about layered facades and the use of local material finishes and craft.
Project: Mekong Villa
Architects: Bloom Architecture Co. Ltd.
Lead Architect: Antoine Meinnel
Design Team: Theo Neuville, Kong Lim, Orng Phala, Prak Chantha, and Bun Sereythida
Photographer: Oki Hiroyuki