Kitchen layout, partial;
Updated Jan. 17, 2017, bar half-realised:
Country house, Koh Dach island, outskirts Phnom Penh.
It’s evident that the island could have been a fashionable location for a country home for some fashionable French family of Phnom Penh. However, the house is beyond repair today and its surroundings in utter desertion, its grounds rich in grass and only to be grazed by cows.
Days are numbered and it remains a matter of time before the fall of the house.
The Harbour Boutique Hotel, Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
Updated Jan. 04, 2017, development in reality:
Founded under French colonial rule, had been one of the elite schools in Indochina.
The campus buildings have been freshly painted and repaired in recent years and the architecture is orderly and stylish.
The lycee is still functioning as a school today. Its architecture is well preserved and its campus open for visit.
Sisowath Highschool on Norodom Blvd., Phnom Penh.
“L’espace, l’air et la lumière”
Three goals to be ultimately pursued in architecture: space, air and light
bricks, concrete, glass, wood.
Built in the beginning of the 20th century by a Mr. Tan (presumably Chen 陳 in Mandarin) as his Phnom Penh home.
Mr. Tan was a Hokkien Chinese among the early emigrants to Cambodia and evidently a successful businessman having amassed a great amount of capital through trading like many of his Chinese compatriots did.
Mr. Tan’s taste in architecture set him on top of the Phnom Penh dignitary society in that he was the first man in Phnom Penh to have brought about the meet of the East and the West. And the result was a true beauty beyond the reach of any contemporary works.
The site was within the then European Quarter, and the facade mostly European.
But elements of a Chinese country house were seen in various aspects in the interior.
Over Cambodia’s turbulent modern history, the Tan family had for some time lost ownership of the house, and it wasn’t until recent years did a great-grand daughter of the first Mr. Tan acquire it back.
The house now is in fine shape and hosting a boutique restaurant whose cuisine is not Chinese at all.