Vann Molyvann – Cambodia's Most Famous Contemporary Architect
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Vann Molyvann – Cambodia’s Most Famous Contemporary Architect

After studying law in Cambodia, Vann Molyvann, the most famous contemporary architect got a scholarship that was provided by the affluent Cambodians to study in Pairs. He took law for a year while in Paris, before switch to architecture where he joined l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts (a Fine art school). He finished his studies and returned to Cambodia in 1955 where he began his work as an architect where he creates some of the most amazing buildings in Cambodia.

In 1961, Vann Molyvann, Cambodia’s most famous contemporary architect designed his first building astounding buildings, the Chaktomuk Conference Hall. This thrilling multi-functional hall has aesthetically attractive fan shaped roof. It is close to the Royal place, and it looks like a bird hovering over river junction found in Chaktomuk. The building was recently renovated and it is being used for the purpose it was intended Vann Molyvann.

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In 1962, Vann Molyvann designed the independence monument which was in their traditional ‘Khmer prasat form’. It is located at the junction of Norodom and Sihanouk boulevards and it is designed using decorations that resemble those of Banteay Srei temple, especially the granite finish that is soft pink color.

Two years later, Vann Molyvann designed the National Sports Complex in the Khmer style, which he admired so much. Although it initially was faced with a lot of politicization, it is seen as part of the rise of Cambodia to modernization. The stadium has a capacity of 80,000 people and hosts various events, including the indoor Palace where boxing, volleyball and basketball events are held.

Another great building by Vann Molyvann is the National Bank of Cambodia. This is of course one of the many great works done by Vann Molyvann. One striking thing about this building is the pergola huge roof that was sculptured from concrete that was reinforced. Vann Molyvann incorporated traditional Khmer in the modern building whose vaults survived attempt to blow up the bank when Khmer Rouge took control of the port where it was built. It is close to the M. Vann’s National Bank of Cambodia Branch and St. Michel Church, both the works of Vann Molyvann.

The works of Vann Molyvann, the Cambodia’s most famous contemporary architect are all over the country. Other very notable buildings that were designed by Vann Molyvann include Library of Institute of Language and The Lab building of Institute of Language (1972). He was also worked with other architects in designing a number of buildings, some of which have been demolished and they include Chenla Theater, Olympic Village Apartments, Municipal Apartments, Cambodiana Hotel, and Royal University of Phnom Penh among many others, all in Phnom Penh, the capital city.

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