Today, we mark the extraordinary life and work of Cambodian 'starchitect' Vann Molyvann, a visionary in the vanguard of the country's iconic "New Khmer" architecture movement in the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk's cultural renaissance of the 1950s and ’60s. Molyvann spent his later years living in his leafy property along the Siem Reap river – he was greatly inspired by vernacular, stilted Cambodian countryside homes – with its clever use of natural ventilation and light, perfect for the tropics – as well as the ancient bas reliefs and sculptural nagas found at Angkor, which he blended with the modernist Le Corbusier styles of the times. One of our favourite Molyvann builds is the fan-shaped Chaktomuk Conference Hall along the banks of the Tonle Bassac and Mekong rivers in Phnom Penh. Our founder, Hok Kang, loves that the building, which resembles a palm leaf when seen from above, is still used to this day as a public space, hosting film festivals and more. Last year, we hosted a unique exhibition together with the ##vannmolyvannproject that consisted of photographs, drawings and twelve architectural models that gave viewers a glimpse into the scale and scope of these projects.
Photos credits: The Vann Molyvann Project
* We're taking the next few weeks to shine a spotlight on our incredible creative community and what inspires them. Treeline Urban Resort is so excited by the next generation of young artists that are making waves within Asia's contemporary art scene, which is why the 48-room design hotel has dedicated its lush, spacious inner courtyard as a striking art gallery for cutting-edge exhibitions, installations and events. What's more, the hotel itself has been masterfuly crafted with leading Cambodian artists, with a growing permanent collection of striking artwork curated around the property. .
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