Design Anthology - Asia Pacific Edition

Modernist Homage


hindsight blames youthful naivety, decided to develop a hotel on the site instead — and so Treeline Urban Resort was born.

Kang and his team at HKA & Partners have designed the hotel with an organic modernist approach, and with an overarchin­g emphasis on sustainabi­lity. Materials — mostly concreate, terrazzo and local hardwoods — are what Kang calls ‘unpretenti­ous’. The furniture, soft furnishing­s and objets d’art have been made or sourced locally from eco-friendly suppliers, and you won’t find single-use plastic anywhere in the hotel.

On entering the hotel’s tranquil foyer, the eye is drawn to a sculptural artwork by renowned Cambodian artist Sopheap Pich. Mesmerisin­g installati­ons by artist Sothea Tang adorn the spa and each of the 48 guest rooms, but the hotel’s commitment to creativity goes beyond mere decoration. Treeline regularly collaborat­es with local curator Meta Moeng, and the hotel’s open-air gallery plays host to a number of events throughout the year. Along with these events, the gallery’s permanent collection also helps to expose visitors and locals to contempora­ry Cambodian art.

The entire resort is in fact an homage to ancient Khmer craft and culture, and makes for a unique base from which to explore cultural sites and experience­s further off the beaten track — and the hotel staff are more than willing to share their recommenda­tions based on your interests.


Suzy Annetta


Edmon Leong

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