Phnom Penh moves on up

Nick Myall
Monday 21 Dec 2015

Phnom Penh’s skyline is expanding and this landmark building from TFP Farrells adds to that trend

Vattanac Capital is Phnom Penh in Cambodia’s most prestigious commercial address. Located near the railway station as part of future planned urban spine with a row of new towers in masterplan, this mixed-use development comprises a 38-storey, 187.3-metre tower housing Grade A office space and a world-class 5 star hotel sitting atop a shopping centre podium. Tower 2 is a life style cube which has cinema, fitness, forecourt floor and medical floor among other attractions.

With a form firmly rooted in local culture, this soaring landmark is designed and constructed to the highest international standards for Cambodia’s emerging business community. On top of that, Vattanac Capital is also pursuing Gold Certification in LEED.

Phnom Penh’s skyline is growing, with a host of new high-rises presently under construction. Vattanac Capital sets a benchmark in mixed-use high-rise design, enhanced by a memorable form responsive to environmental conditions and detailing grounded in the region’s rich culture.

Incorporating elements of feng shui and traditional Naga motifs, Vattanac Capital is the preeminent icon of Phnom Penh’s modern skyline. The tower bears a graceful, fluid form that is firmly rooted in local culture. The complex unites a plethora of different uses into one cohesive, functional urban quarter, fostering the same degree of vitality and convenience as Phnom Penh’s vibrant older districts.

The form of the complex resembles a dragon of traditional lore, symbolising good luck and prosperity. According to mythology the Dragon Kings live in “crystal palaces”. The façade, fittingly, is formed by scale-like glass panelling which creeps up the dragon’s back, all the way to the tower’s peak. Other sections of the glass façade are covered by distinctive decorative screens which both respond to local climate and pay homage to the elaborate carvings that decorate ancient Khmer structures. The sum of this marriage between modern architecture and traditional references, with deference to the local environment, is a dynamic building which literally appears poised to leap into a new era of prosperity.

Vattanac Capital is responsive to location and orientation. The building is subtly chamfered toward the east to maximise the number of offices with panoramic river views. In addition, lower shading coefficient glazing has been utilised for the western façade.

Situated on the busy Monyvong Boulevard, a major North – South route through the capital, Vattanac Capital is highly visible and highly accessible. The southern elevation is recessed to allow a generous drop off area immediately outside the tower. Special paving and landscaping separate this driveway from the main road. In all other respects, the complex is built with the pedestrian in mind. 

Nick Myall

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