the art and practice of designing and constructing buildings
entails possibility, a thoughtful process of making space for our future
PLD Architecture Division
architecture students, engineering professionals and Cambodian workers
designing, planning and constructing every school project, translating the vision of PLD into physical reality
designing and building village schools, toilets and sanitation facilities; incorporating environmental designs such as water filters and green wall; organising summer survey trips
If there is a choice between daydreaming about the Cambodian sunset or reading architect’s office statements on their website, we choose the first.
Practicing in a rural landscape where there is no machinery or electricity makes you think about the necessity of basic needs you thought us city-dwellers can't live without. In fact, we found that the physical comfort and social identities that a city offers come from a very superficial state of mind. Let's just say we are curious whether we can articulate an alternative way of life to the so-called developed world through architecture.
We prefer buildings that are sustainable to ones that are seemingly more comforting. We prefer economical solutions to extravagant ones. We can’t tell you exactly when our architecture team started. We like to say it was 2009, but we only had one of us studying architecture. So eventually we drifted towards what we do today – a shared desire to be simple and honest, as opposed to neo-environmentalists to tropical-critical-regionalists.
In 2011, we began a summer office around a large table, working through a range of design experiments – a make-believe of architectural fantasies, problems, and thoughts about what we would be building in the developing world. As we’ve grown, we continue to operate around a similar curiosity on each project through playful experimentation and serious research. Here we try to index that work - our briefs, sites, love for Khmer architects, houses, schools, playgrounds, installations, furniture, writing, experiments and films.
We believe working collectively is always better than working individually. Every project is a great learning process. From designing to building, we try to involve students alike to materialise our architecture. Therefore, our local builders are like our family. Do you know that one of our master builders is also a musician? He crafts his own khhim!
Meet Mr. Wey.