The National Sport Complex: Legacy and Vision

Credit: VM Project

Credit: VM Project

Watch Day at Phnom Penh's National Sport Complex, under the title The National Sport Complex: Legacy and Vision, is part of a public engagement event "Sensing the Capital" organized by The Vann Molyvann Project and SaSa Art Projects with support of World Monument Fund. Phnom Penh's National Sports Complex (the Olympic Stadium) is a masterwork of regional modernism designed in the early 1960s by Cambodian architect Vann Molyvann at the request of former King Norodom Sihanouk. The site was included on the 2016 World Monuments Watch to call attention to the threat of encroachment and loss of the space as a resource for the community.

WHERE: The Olympic Stadium at the platform area in front of the swimming pool facility. 

WHEN: From 22th to 27th June, from 10am to 6pm.

 WHAT: The exhibition presents archival research and materials from The Vann Molyvann Project, contemporary art works from Cambodian artists, and new participatory works with the city residents who use the Olympic Stadium. The exhibition aims to highlight the architectural history, its legacy and social capital as an important public space, and visions by the city public who uses the space concerning its future potentials. 


Sensing the Capital

Credit: SaSa Art Projects

Credit: SaSa Art Projects

Sensing the Capital is a multi-exhibition and event project that proposes two key ideas: Sense and Capital, as an approach to investigate and understand Phnom Penh city as well as resources that intersect within it, crossing its border, and hovering its margin, in interrelated context across multi-discipline such as art, culture, architecture, and utbanism through the activation and the use of bodily sensorium or the senses.  

As Cambodia adopts neoliberal metropolitanism and increasingly participates in the globalized economy, Phnom Penh has gone through a rapid and imbalanced transformation of its urban landscape and structure, migration and population growth, and environmental ecology. Over the last decade alone, Phnom Penh has witnessed numerous high-rises, shopping malls, apartment complexes and gated housing communities spouting across the city center and its surrounding areas. However, these also come with consequences: city lakes being filled up with sand, eviction of urban poor communities, squeezing up of public spaces, and neglect and demolition of historical buildings. 

Sensing the Capital considers Phnom penh as well as its human and culture capitals through urban research and artistic proposition that foreground human sensibility and consciousness. The project proposes a multi-exhibition that foreground human sensibility and consciousness. The project proposes a multi-exhibition and event program that take place at various venues a cross the city, aiming to target and engage with different groups of city residents.

Sensing the Capital is organized by The Vann Molyvann Project and SaSa Art Projects

With Support from Khmer Architecture Tours, Space for Architecture Cambodia, and World Monument Fund. 


Exhibition of the Vann Molyvann Project at U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh

This exhibition is a one-year long exhibition which consist of 8 buildings and 1 urban development with 11 architectural models, built by students and architects from Basswood and foam board , each representing on building typology in which Vann Molyvann worked. Those works are:

National Olympic Sport Complex (1964), Chamkar Mon State Palace (1966), Teacher Training College (1972), SKD Brewery (1968), 100 Houses (1967), Chaktomuk Conference Hall (1961), Preah Suramarit (1968), Gray Building (1963), Bassac Riverfront Project (1960s).

Photo credit: U.S. Embassy.