By So Vitou, Seang Satya & Yeng Sereyroth
We always hear people, who are in middle-aged or older, living in Phnom Penh said that they want to live in countryside with sustainable environment , not gloomy like city. Because of surrounding by natural environment, which helps to reduce the stress of daily living activities.
Our concept is to bring Khmer traditional living to Phnom Penh city. We bring together a sense of nature in countryside and communities in the city. It provides a home with varieties of spaces respectively. In addition, we also created maximum of public green spaces for people to communicate with neighbors as well as nature. The project was inspired by the theory of French architect “Le Corbusier”, who proposed a project called Immeuble Villa. It’s a modern building which has a lot of villas, built in one single building, rise up vertically.
We have created new spaces that exaggerated from exterior to interior in order to connect with the environment of the outside space, which is a combination with Khmer culture that provides a balance of life in a sustainable environment. We create relationship of people in building by using module of 3 by 3 meters. For each villa we give priority to living room and garden so people can enjoy their time with family and nature.
We define our villa as a Khmer traditional house that built on pillars to prevent flooding and use the space below the house as a gathering space with relatives or neighbors. Khmer traditional living is always based on a big land in order to create cultivation space and surrounded by green; the environment that makes people feel as living in the rural areas and enjoy their life.
Our Vertical Villa is where both the silent fresh nature and the messy life in the city coexist together. The vertical raising structure is resemble a sense of nature and it defines spaces between simplicity and complexity, nature and architecture, city and countryside, and private and public space.