CAMBODIA

SOMA HOTEL

Situated along the river Mekong, the design employs various techniques to echo the abstract forms of the river’s topography.

To embody the heritage of bas-relief pattern technique, the abstract lines is then pressed and embossed onto bronze metal plates. Segments are shaped into art pieces that form a series of

sculptural elements throughout the entire hotel. 

The accessibility of rattan, bamboo and straw grass pays tribute to the Cambodia heritage, taking pride in the reliance of homegrown materials to achieve sustainable design in this modern day. These local materials are humble yet possesses a resilience and strength

to them. When elevated, they create permeable spaces filled with light, texture and form.

There is a play on the scale of rattan weave, both on a micro

and macro plane. The building’s main façade feature folding woven screens, that allow occupants to calibrate the level of shade and privacy to each room. This weaving notion is carried on through

the Rattan Bar located on the Ground Floor. Due to the natural undulations, the rattan structures invite onlookers to a discovery while providing a screen of privacy for users within the building. Along the road, passers-by are intrigued by a restaurant covered

in a canopy of woven mesh.

 

A third element of craft heritage largely celebrated within the

design is the silk weaving patterns, once produced exclusively for Cambodia’s royal families and dignitaries. These patterns are of Khmer origin, found throughout temple iconography at the Angkor complex. Textural relief applied on bespoke furniture and accent pieces add a touch of elegance into the interior details.

The refined crafted appropriations employed at the Soma Riverside Hotel juxtaposes heritage and modernity that remains true to the site’s history, paying homage to a city rich in historical culture yet progressively growing in the modern day and age.