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Cambodia’s Architectural boom

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s most impressive piece of architecture. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Sometimes known as the “Pearl of Asia” or the “City of Water”, Phnom Penh was re-established as the nation’s Capital based within the confluence of three   significant rivers, the Mekong, the Tonle Sap and the Bassac by the French colony back in 1865.

Since that time, the French and Khmer cultures have intertwined as well as evolved into a unique and distinguished South-East Asian capital: culturally, architecturally, culinary and artistically.

The Kingdom of Cambodia has a rich history of Khmer architecture. Built from the second half of the 8th century to the early 15th century, some of these structures are embodied by the iconic Angkor Wat temple complex.

But new architecture is being introduced   and built throughout Cambodia, projects that mix culture and tradition to create modern spaces for present-day life.

Although the country is mostly known for its religious architecture and Angkorian buildings, these structures have persevered because they were constructed from stone.

The builders and sculptors were influenced by Hinduism and Buddhism, and they have distinctive qualities like courtyards, walled enclosures, and a central shrine.

Dwellings and residences were typically built from wood, and because of this, many have not survived over time. For more public buildings, these were decorated Khmer style with lots of Cambodian art.

In comparison, newer buildings from the 1950s and 60s are known as New Khmer Architecture. The style came after the country’s independence from France when architects began exploring a new aesthetic.

Today, new projects follow a modern   approach as they look to rethink construction techniques to reinvigorate the city and other urban areas with modern, clean and many a times, unique architecture.

From the country’s capital city of Phnom Penh to more rural sites, the following projects emphasise on Cambodia’s modern movement with a close relationship to the country’s tropical climate and landscape.

Some of the newest and most modern architecture introduced to the capital of Cambodia is The Peak. Rising 55 floors into the sky, The Peak is an oasis of luxury in the clouds.

A whole new level of living comes into being as the choicest picks of residences, shops, restaurants, offices and the prestigious Shangri-La Hotel come together in an integrated mixed-use development like no other.  Sharing the same desired address as the Shangri-La Hotel is a mark of distinction along all its classy restaurants, bars and ballrooms at one’s disposal.

The Peak comes clad in voguish bronze, an unquestionable colour of luxury.  The two towers comprising about 500 units each are paragons of dynamic architecture, specially crafted to bring out the finest of the site and its surroundings.

Right in the heart of Phnom Penh City, The Peak faces the River Esplanade, standing at the crossroads of the city.  Time is precious, and so is this location, for a mere minutes’ walk is all that is needed to get to AEON Mall and NagaWorld, as well as the National Assembly building, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Australian Embassy. The Independence Monument and the main Preah Sihanouk Boulevard are also a short drive away.

The Peak is a must have and must live iconic address which befits a modern bustling and rapidly developing city like Phnom Penh.


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