MESONG shines in the 2020 International Architecture AwardsOverseas Property | Gigi Wong 10 Sep 2020
The new development MESONG is the first Cambodia project to receive an internationally acclaimed award: the coveted International Architecture Awards that recognizes and salutes architectural excellence across the globe.
The Cambodia property market is on a roll owing to the country’s rapid economic advances in recent years. Now, the booming sector has produced a world-class building recognized on the international stage, as MESONG, the flagship project of Hong Kong developer Wonder Development, has just garnered the 2020 International Architecture Awards.
The international award, founded by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies in 2004, shines the spotlight on the world’s most outstanding architectural projects, as well as the developers and institutions that curated them.
This year, over 400 worldwide entries were shortlisted, with MESONG emerging as Cambodia’s first project to receive the accolade.
An international accolade
Designed by NOVO Architects Ltd., a renowned British architectural firm specializing in complex and large-scale developments, MESONG was awarded in the ‘High Rises/Skyscrapers’ category. It is the sole winning project from Southeast Asia among the category, alongside such illustrious projects as Spring City 66 in China and Azrieli Tower in Israel, both by Kohn Pedersen Fox, one of the largest architecture firm in New York City.
Also taking places in other categories are high-rise buildings from world-renowned architecture firms, including Manhattan Loft Garden in the UK by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Jade Signature in the US by Herzog & de Meuron, and 52 Lime Street in the UK by Kohn Pedersen Fox.
In Hong Kong, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and Hong Kong Port Passenger Clearance Building as well as the Hong Kong West Kowloon Station were awarded in the the ‘Airports and Transportation Centres’ category.
Winning alongside these international architectures designed by prominent architecture companies the world over, MESONG helps augment the global presence of Cambodia property, reinforcing its growing reputation as an international hub.
The accolade, at the same time, signifies the concerted effort and passion of the global team of architects, engineers and art directors in bringing top-shelf technologies and design standard into the Cambodia market. Raising the bar of architectural designs in Cambodia, it will provide further momentum for the market to gain sophistication and continue innovating.
To propagate the world’s best visionary and innovative thinking in the architecture field, this elite group of awarded buildings and urban planning projects will be showcased in an exhibition titled as ‘The City and the World’ at Contemporary Space Athens in Greece, opening from September 11 to October 11 this year. It is scheduled to travel in Europe through 2021.
A Cambodia landmark
MESONG, set to be 252 meters tall, is currently the tallest building in Cambodia. Located in the prime Diamond Island, it is right at the doorsteps of Phnom Penh’s CBD.
The ecological building is geared with state-of-the-art smart home and energy-saving systems. Design-wise, it integrates Southeast Asian cultural elements, like the concept of bamboo for the façade. The natural elements constitute a sanctuary that ensures comfort and relaxation for its residents amidst a bustling metropolitan locale – such design ethos live up to the concept of an urban oasis in the capital city.
The pinnacle of luxury
MESONG offers a variety of apartments to fulfill the needs of diverse groups of clients, ranging from 1 to 4-bedroom, loft to duplex units. Simplistic and elegant, the abodes feature fully-fitted interior that comes with furniture and all essential electrical appliances.
Located at the convergence of three rivers – Mekong River, Tonle Sap River and Bassac River – MESONG is at the very heart of Phnom Penh’s CBD, where embassies, five-star hotels, international schools, central park, malls, supermarkets and recreational facilities congregate.
With its dual clubhouses, the development provides residents with an affluent lifestyle. Inside the exclusive membership club MESONG GRAND, which sits at the top floor of the development, guests can wallow in the city’s splendor while indulging in the likes of a prestigious cigar bar, deluxe mini theatre, panoramic rooftop bar, as well as an exclusive business lounge.
The MESONG Club, on the other hand, is open to residents all year round with a full range of tastefully engineered facilities, including a 270-degree infinity pool situated on the rooftop with sweeping scenery, yoga studio, modern-chic restaurant and bar.
The international shopping destination MESONG MALL, home to an intriguing mix of cafés, boutique retailers and international gourmet, is the place to go for indulgent lifestyle options.
A brand new MESONG Gallery has been established at Star House in Tsim Sha Tsui. As a special arrangement amid Covid-19, the MESONG Ambassador there will take visitors on a virtual Phnom Penh tour to explore the surroundings of the project in real time.
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