Atelier Kampot

Bloom Architecture

This refurbishment of a historical shop house in decay is located on the riverside of the sleepy colonial town of Kampot, Cambodia. It investigates the adaptation of a south east Asian typology to the more contemporary customs, such as of tourism and modern lifestyle. The main concept was to introduce the notion of preservation and importance of endangered colonial center with an innovative approach to showcase the transform of an old shophouse into a 320 sqms of modern residence with a restaurant on ground floor.


這座破舊不堪的歷史商店位於柬埔寨,有著沉睡的殖民城鎮--貢布的河邊。它探討了東南亞文化模式對更現代習俗的適應,如旅遊和現代生活方式。主要概念是引入瀕危殖民中心的保存和重要性的概念,以創新的方式展示將舊店舍改造成320平方米的現代住宅

The amendments are very subtle and aim to blend seamlessly with the existing. The aim was to create a continuity between old and new and to offer a timeless experience for the inhabitant without copying the past.


翻修是非常微妙的,旨在與現有裝修無縫融合。目的是在新舊之間創造連續性,並在不抄襲過去的情況下為居民提供永恆的體驗。

The house gathers a gourmet restaurant at ground floor and a modern residence on top. Each room is both, naturally ventilated and lit by a large courtyard. This ‘in-house’ courtyard is an evolution of the typical service lightwell / air well which existed in the house due to its length. We approached it as a central feature which hosts an interior landscape that blurs the inside - outside boundaries. A light metal spiral staircase distributes each of the rooms of the house. It creates a surprising narrative for the house as one walks up the stairs. After climbing the stairs, one ends at the top of the house, which we call the nest. It is a hidden lightweight metal structure, only visible from the inside, offering a view to the mountainous landscape of Kampot.


房子在一樓聚集了一家美食餐廳,在頂部有一個現代化的住宅。每個房間都是自然通風,經由一個大庭院照明。由於它的長度存在於房子里,這個「內部」庭院是典型的提供光井/空氣井的演變。我們把它作為一個中心功能,它承載著一個內部景觀,模糊了內外邊界。輕金屬螺旋樓梯分佈著房子的每個房間。當一個人走上樓梯時,它為房子創造了一個令人驚訝的故事。爬樓梯後,一端在房子的頂部,我們稱之為巢。它是一個隱藏的輕質金屬結構,只能從內部看到,提供觀賞貢布的山區景色

This project conveys the idea that the present can be anchored in tradition. This reinterpretation of the Chinese shophouse typology respectfully integrates a new program within the remains of the existing. The effects of time on the historical facade of the building are maintained while a new contemporary construction is inserted inside the heritage envelope to modernize the house and offer new use.


這個專案傳達了現代可以融入在傳統中的想法。這種對中國類型店鋪重新詮釋,慎重地將一個新方案整合到現有商店的遺留當中。時間對建築歷史外牆的影響得以保持,同時讓遺產封存插入在新的當代建築,使房屋現代化並提供新的用途。

Due to its remote location and the difficulty to access the inside without having to demolish the delicate, old façade, BLOOM had to design the whole project capable to be built on site by autochthone workforce. Atelier Kampot is a manifesto for slow, thoughtful architecture, that uses conscious construction methods in collaboration with a selected team of local skilled workers and locally available materials.


由於其偏遠的位置和難以進入內部,而不必拆除舊的精緻立面,BLOOM不得不設計整個專案,能夠在現場自動化工班施作。Atelier Kampot是緩慢、周到的建築宣言,它與選定的當地技術工人團隊和當地可用材料合作,使用有意識的施工方法

Recycled wood from the original house was reclaimed and used to make new custom furniture and windows. The natural patina blurs the boundaries between the old and the new to give the place a timeless feeling.


回收原本房子的木材,用於製作新的訂製傢俱和窗戶。自然的薄層模糊了新舊之間的界限,給這個地方一種永恆的感覺

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Project Information

Project Name: Atelier Kampot

Location: KAMPOT, CAMBODIA

Architect Office: Bloom Architecture

Lead Architect:Antoine Meinnel, Lim Kong

Completion Year: 2018

Area:320m² 

Photographer:Bloom, Nataly lee, Antoine Raab

Bloom is a boutique Architecture studio established in 2015 by Antoine Meinnel which empowers local talents. Combining our understanding of Khmer identity with methodologies from leading international offices, our belief is that each building shall be exemplary and inspirational. Our vision is that design makes cities Bloom.

Working in Cambodia gives an opportunity to explore what could be a new daily Khmer Architecture. Bloom studio intends to develop meaningful typologies that are far away from mere compilation of generic architecture. Using forms directly inspired by the vernacular and the golden age of the sixties, we comprehend contemporary idea of functionality along with the recent transformations of the Khmer society.

Through our understanding of the Cambodian context, construction methods, the lush tropical vegetation and the possibilities of local materials, we turn the lack of resources into a potential for creativity. Building today is about being specific, generous and respectful towards the environment. Prioritization of local craftsmanship proves beneficial over the standardization of design that makes use of imported generic materials.

Architecture is an opportunity to create synergies with the tropical climate. It is important to work with the environment and not against it. For instance, it is possible to enjoy the fresh evening breeze of a place in its dry season but also stay protected against the humidity of monsoon and the heat of harsh summers by simple yet thoughtful integration of design and planning. We create comfortable environments through passive systems of weather control and buffer spaces to offer natural ventilation that complement new technologies. We design robust buildings that are made to last. We believe in quality over quantity. It is beneficial for a client to get a project which is carefully crafted so they do not have to worry about maintenance and operational issues.

BLOOM believes in a bright future for Cambodia.   It is the time to design the city of tomorrow… It is the time to bloom.

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