Phnom Penh Cyclical Flood Patterns
To understand the severity and effects of the flooding that occurs on a seasonal basis, below are a few diagrams drawn from historical maps that indicate the movement and patterns of the floods. Understandably, the movement of the water levels vary from wet to dry seasons (fig. 2), and with a natural occurrence like this, the people there have no option but to acclimate to it. This sort of reciprocity is thus, seen clearly in the traditional Khmer architectural form, where most dwellings are lifted up on stilts appropriately so that the change in water levels do not damage the structural integrity of the architecture. With a tradition like this, after French colonial rule, the New Khmer Architecture movement preserves this style, as seen in a lot of Vann Molyvann’s projects for the new Phnom Penh urban landscape. His merge of modernist styles of brute concrete with the gentle Khmer architecture demonstrates a climactic sensitivity that spans throughout the city.
- Doyle, Shelby Elizabeth. “City of Water: Architecture, Urbanism and the Floods of Phnom Penh.” 2012. Accessed December 15, 2018.