Zaha Hadid Architects reveals designs of Sleuk Rith Institute in Cambodia

13 October 2014 (Last Updated October 13th, 2014 18:30)

Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed designs of the Sleuk Rith Institute, which will be built in Cambodia's capital city of Phnom Penh.

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Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed designs of the Sleuk Rith Institute, which will be built in Cambodia's capital city of Phnom Penh.

The institute will house a museum, research centre, graduate school, document archives and research library.

Planned to be built in the grounds of the Boeung Trabek High School in Phnom Penh, south of the city centre, the new institution and genocide memorial will house the Documentation Centre of Cambodia's one million documents in its archives as well as the largest collection of genocide-related material in South East Asia.

Sleuk Rith Institute is the brainchild of Youk Chhang, a human rights activist and investigator of the Khmer Rouge atrocities. The project includes the construction of a total of five buildings ranging in three to eight storeys high.

The buildings are designed with five wooden structures that are separate at ground level but join as they rise upwards, thus connecting the departments, visitors, students and staff.

"The horizontal roof of the building is hidden from view to house renewable energy sources that are extremely effective in Phnom Penh's climate." 

In addition to the education and research facilities, the five-building institute will also provide an archive to influence national and regional policies and discourse, a media centre and an auditorium that can be used by the institute and the entire community.

Zaha Hadid Architects said in a statement: "The building's passive design, including measures to reduce energy and water consumption while increasing system efficiencies, and the installation of renewable energy sources, will increase its ecological performance.

"The horizontal roof of the building is hidden from view to house renewable energy sources that are extremely effective in Phnom Penh's climate: photovoltaic cells for power and a solar thermal array for hot water generation.

"Plant and air-system heat exchangers will also be located on the roof, maximising the area within the building for the institute's commemorative, educational, cultural and community programmes."

The institute will also features a 68,000m² memorial park which will house sport fields, urban vegetable garden and fruit orchards, traditional meadows and a forest that will house contemporary Cambodian sculptures.

The Sleuk Rith Institute complex is scheduled to start construction next year.


Image: An artist's impression of the proposed Sleuk Rith Institute in Cambodia. Photo: courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.