Architecture in Sihanoukville

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I mentioned in my last post that Sihanoukville is a new city. Even today there are big chunks of the city that are undeveloped. It’s filling in fast, though — so fast that some say it’s their biggest complaint about the city. It’s hard to find a quiet area where construction is not taking place and the infrastructure is having trouble keeping up with growth.


Architecture in Sihanoukville

Expats who want to build in Sihanoukville often have trouble finding an architect who can translate their vision on to a working drawing. Then they have even more trouble finding builders who can build to the standard they expect. Those who have stumbled across or been referred to Diamond Design & Building* have found everything they were looking for and more.

Over the years, founder Joe Royle has built everything from bungalows to mansions and several commercial structures, one of the most visible of which is the new Monkey Republic, which replaced the old building that was destroyed by fire.

monkey republicA long time ago, I was a woodworker. I worked with some of the top architects and interior designers in San Francisco and Sydney. Honestly, none of them were any better than Joe Royle. Nor did they pay more attention to detail, both interior and exterior, than does he. Joe’s son Tony is now part of the team and along with their hand-picked construction team, they are building world-class structures that meet or exceed the most rigorous design and construction standards. Their expertise extends to interiors as well as exteriors and they are well-versed in sustainable architecture.

interior“That’s great, but I can’t afford a mansion,” you say. Diamond Design & Construction can build anything, from a simple bungalow to a mansion on a steeply sloping hill that requires extra foundation work and the skills of a structural engineer. I don’t have a picture to show you, but one of my personal favourites is a timber cottage Joe built on his property. It’s inexpensive and just the right size for one or two people to live in comfortably. The brick cottages Diamond Design has built are equally impressive.

cottageWhen I was looking for Christmas accommodation for my son, Justin, about six months before Christmas 2014, most of the best places were already booked. Fortunately, Diamond Design was in the middle of building SaHaa Beach Resort on Otres Beach. I was able to make the first booking and Justin and his girlfriend loved everything about their bungalow and the resort.

sahaa beach resortForeigners can’t own ground floor property in Cambodia. Diamond Design has worked out a way for their customers to “virtually” own their property, giving them all rights to how the property is used and the ability to keep the profits if they decide to sell.

If you’re interested in learning more, a good starting point is the Diamond Design & Construction Facebook page.

*If this sounds like a promotional post to you, you’re partly right. The Royles are friends of mine, but I wouldn’t promote their work if I didn’t believe in it. Joe was building his house at the same time I was building mine. I frequently turned to him for advice. I’m happy enough with my results, but would be much happier if Joe had managed the construction. He’s a stickler for detail and some details I overlooked would have made my house even more comfortable.