Villa with wooden upper story and balcony, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Wooden structures are few and far between in Phnom Penh these days. In the past, as the population of the city increased, to accomodate new arrivals, existing structures would be topped with a new story in wood. As the city modernizes with a new wave of investor cash, its luxury high rises that are accomodating new (or newly wealthy) Phnom Penhois. Driving down Monivong Blvd, south of Sihanouk Blvd, you can still see some wooden roofs behind newer constructions. Shiny new pastel pink 3 level townhouses with chrome railings and heavy wooden doors, modern gas stations with clean lines and primary colors, and shells of soon to be completed apartment complexes shield modest and picturesque low pitched wooden houses, with battered cupboard shutters peeking out at traffic.