|Vann Molyvann in a scene from the documentary The Man Who Built Cambodia. Photo supplied|
Breaking: Architect Vann Molyvann dies in Siem Reap at 90
Phnom Penh Post | 28 September 2017
Renowned Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann has died at the age of 90 in his home in Siem Reap.
Molyvann’s assistant, Choung Chhoeun, confirmed the architectural great passed away today at 9:45am.
Molyvann was most famous for his designs in the 1950s and 1960s, often referred to as Cambodia’s “golden era”, including iconic structures like the Independence Monument, the Olympic Stadium, the National Theatre and the fan-shaped Chaktomuk Conference Hall hugging the banks of the Tonle Bassac River.
Molyvann was born in 1926 to poor parents. He studied in Phnom Penh before receiving a government grant to study in Paris in 1946.
He began studying law but found his true calling studying architecture at celebrated arts school L’Ecole des Beaux Arts.
He returned to Cambodia to spearhead the construction of a series of remarkable civic structures following independence from the French in 1953, as part of the New Khmer Movement under the patronage of King Norodom Sihanouk.
The funeral will be held today in Slakram commune, Siem Reap district.