New Khmer Architecture

An architectural movement in Cambodia during the 1950s and 1960s.The style blended elements of the Modern Movement with two distinctly Cambodian traditions: the grand tradition of Angkor, and the vernacular tradition of domestic buildings. The Kingdom of Cambodia gained independence from France in 1953. Winning the elections in 1955, Prince Norodom Sihanouk founded the Sangkum Reastr Niyum, a political experiment in economic development that went hand in hand with the arts in general, and this innovative architecture

  • use of reinforced concrete and assertive structures
  • traditional temples are used
  • natural ventilation 
  • cooling water features
  • drainage systems 
  • smart daylighting
  • loggias-covered balconies and walkways and claustras offering shade
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The Chaktomuk Conference Hall –  the most iconic works of famous Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann and was since its construction in 1961 one of the landmarks and infrastructures of the newly independent nation.  Phnom Penh, Cambodia –