Phnom Penh is experiencing a construction boom that is transforming the city skyline. Canadia Tower was the first tower over 100 metres (118 metres) when it was completed in 2009. That was overtaken by the Vattanac Capital Tower (188 metres) in 2014. There are now five towers that have surpassed Vattanac Capital Tower, and more are planned.
[Vattanac Capital Tower.]
This list is a combination of current and proposed developments. Some are under construction now, while some may never be built. I’ll be updating this page as new projects are announced, so feel free to comment or email regarding new developments.
Phnom Penh Construction Sites Map
[Map of Phnom Penh construction projects.]
Chroy Changva Riverside
[Image via sokimex.com.]
Chroy Changva Riverside is a proposed mixed development of apartments and commercial space that features three groups of interconnected towers.
Chroy Changvar is the peninsula where the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers meet. The development is on the east bank of the Tonle Sap, opposite Sisowath Quay. If this peninsula is further developed it could be a mini Pudong of Phnom Penh.
[Image via skyscrapercity.com.]
Thai Boon Roong Twin Tower World Trade Center
The Thai Boon Roong Twin Tower Trade Center is a proposed cluster of towers that includes two 525 metre / 133-floor towers. The complex also includes 4 towers ranging from 59 to 65 floors, which would be big news in itself if they weren’t overshadowed by the twin towers. This was announced in 2015, and so far remains as proposed.
Thai Boon Roong Twin Tower World Trade Center News
Construction on tallest structure starts post-Covid – [22/07/21]
“Construction of Thai Boon Roong Group’s ambitious more-than-$3-billion twin commercial skyscraper project in central Phnom Penh will begin when Covid-19 ends, according to Thai Boon Roong Architectural Co Ltd director Tous Saphoeun.”
Thai Boon Roong tower’s timetable yet to be decided – [11/06/19]
Colossal skyscraper project still up in the air – [23/02/18]
Chinese companies to build world’s tallest twin towers in Cambodia – [04/01/17]
“A joint venture of two Chinese companies has won the bid to build the world’s tallest twin towers in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, reports thepaper.cn. The twin towers will be 560 meters high with 133 floors.”
Gold Tower 42
[Image via skyscrapercenter.com.]
Address: Preah Sihanouk Boulevard 274, Phnom Penh.
The Gold Tower 42 was first announced in 2008 for the 42 floor / 192-metre tower. The construction has stopped several times over the years, and the building topped out in January 2019. The building remains unfinished.
Gold Tower 42 News
Gold Tower 42 encounters repetitive dark history – [08/04/20]
Gold Tower 42 to be finished by 2020 – [29/01/19]
Gold Tower 42 to finish by 2019 – [30/01/18]
Chinese to help finish Gold Tower 42 by 2019 – [23/11/17]
Developer denies Gold Tower 42 has changed hands – [08/06/17]
Lack of progress continues to plague Gold Tower 42 – [09/02/17]
Once again, Gold Tower 42 – [03/12/15]
Firm vows to finish building Gold Tower 42 – [02/12/15]
Cambodiana Hotel Redevelopment
The Cambodiana Hotel Redevelopment is a proposed 144 floor / 600 metre skyscraper, which would put it in the mega-tall category. It would be built on the land of the iconic 1960’s Hotel Cambodiana, which would be a shame to lose.
[Image via phnompenhpost.com]
Glory International Center
Glory International Center is another proposed skyscraper that is pending construction. standing at 300 metres with 78 floors, this tower a shopping mall, apartments, and a hotel.
Yuetai Phnom Penh Harbour
Address: Preah Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh
This riverfront development is at the former Phnom Penh river port, next to the Chroy Changva bridge. To give you an idea of its location, the circle on this concept image is Wat Phnom.
Yuetai Phnom Penh Harbour News
Developer has big plans for prime riverfront land – [27/04/18]
“A prominent Chinese developer has designs on the capital’s riverside, where it hopes to build a strip of luxury condominiums and office towers on land currently occupied by the capital’s state-run river port.
Guangzhou Yuetai Group, a Chinese real estate developer whose projects in Cambodia include East One and East View, has confirmed that it has a project to develop a 9.25 hectare sliver of land adjacent to the Tonle Sap river. Its proposed Harbour Bay development could see the construction of 24 high-rise buildings along the riverbank from the Chroy Changvar bridge as far south as the Night Market, according to a concept drawing of the project.”
The Peak Cambodia is a multi-tower development featuring two residential towers and a Shang-ri La Hotel, on top of a mall managed by CapitaLand.
Address: Preah Monivong Blvd and St 120, Phnom Penh.
Royal One is a 62-storey two-tower development connected with a garden sky-bridge near the top. The towers will stand at 230 metres tall and will include apartments and office space.
Royal One News
Olympia City is a mega-development next to the Olympic Stadium. The project includes apartments, commercial office space, and a mall. Originally the centrepiece skyscraper was going to be 65 storeys but it has since been scaled back to 45 storeys.
Koh Pich (Diamond Island)
Diamond Island is a island-wide redevelopment Koh Pich. The site has several projects going on such as The Elysee, which is an imitation of an arrondissement in Paris.
[The Elysee Project (from my visit in December, 2017).]
Another notable landmark on Koh Pich is the 3×37-storey Diamond Island Riviera.
[Diamond Island Riviera.]
Mesong Phnom Penh
One of the signature towers on Diamond Island is Mesong Phnom Penh. This 68-storey luxury apartment tower is being developed by Wonder Development from Hong Kong.
Diamond Island Tower
[Image via hksinc.com.]
Also on Koh Pich is Diamond Island Tower. This mixed-use tower will be 204 metres tall, with 19 floors of a hotel and serviced apartments, and 18 floors of commercial office space.
Morgan Tower is a 210-metre, 46-storey office and luxury residential tower on Diamond Island.
Continuing with the office tower boom on Diamond Island is GIA Tower Cambodia. This tower will have 41 floors and 173 metres in height, and it will be next to the Diamond Twin Tower.
The ING City project is a 2,572-hectare site that was controversially reclaimed from the Boeung Tumpun Lake and Choeung Ek wetlands.
ING City will be a satellite city project within the current city, featuring residential, commercial, leisure, and transport facilities. ING Holdings is a Cambodian development company, and not related to the ING Group of the Netherlands. Part of the project includes Dragon City.
I should mention by now that the artist’s concepts of these mega developments are just concepts. For ING City I have used the image of the transportation hub, which includes a building that looks like One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower). I’ve not been able to find a mention of a metro system that would service this mini-city, as indicated on the image. Maybe it will one day be a hub for train transport in mainland Southeast Asia.
Phnom Penh City Center
[Image via phnompenhpost.com.]
Another controversial land reclamation project is the Boeung Kak lake development, known as Phnom Penh City Center. Residents surrounding the lake were evicted and the lake has since been drained and filled with sand. Boeung Kak Lake was well known among backpackers for cheap guesthouses.
MGN Tower is a proposed 485 metre/85 floor tower that will include the MGN Bank headquarters, offices, and a hotel.
Address: Sothearos Street, Phnom Penh.
Architects: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM).
Naga 3 is the extension of the NagaWorld casino in Phnom Penh. The three hotel towers are designed by the Chicago-based architecture firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). This is on the site of the former “White Building” in Tonle Bassac commune.
Naga 3 News
NagaCorp Ltd unveils Naga 3 – [08/04/19]
“NAGACORP Ltd, which owns Phnom Penh’s only licensed casino NagaWorld, announced its $4 billion Naga 3 Project on the site of the former “White Building” in Tonle Bassac commune, a 29-page document filed with the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited said.”
Global Tech Exchange (G-TECH)
Address: Sangkat Srah Chak, Phnom Penh.
Global Tech Exchange (G-TECH) is a mixed-use development consisting of two office towers, a hotel with a convention centre, and an IT and media hub with a dedicated data center.
Norea City (AKA Koh Norea Satellite City) is a new urban area on reclaimed land on the banks of the Mekong River, where the Bassac River meets.
OCIC: Koh Norea project filling to complete by Dec – [25/08/21]
OCIC set to spend $2.5B on capital’s satellite city – [26/10/20]
Environmental fears as new Mekong island carved out in Phnom Penh – [22/09/20]
“A major land reclamation in the Mekong has forged ahead in what developers say will be the second Diamond Island. But while land filling elsewhere in the city has been met with unease, this mega-project has taken shape unbothered by current or controversy.”
Tribe Phnom Penh Post Office Square
Address: No 47 Corner ST 01 and ST 94, Phnom Penh.
“With 260 smart rooms, collaborative work spaces and a lively social hub, Tribe Phnom Penh is designed for the tech savy, urban traveller to live, work and play.”
First TRIBE Hotel in Asia set to debut in Phnom Penh, Cambodia – [12/09/21]
Prince Huan Yu Center
Prince Huan Yu Center (Prince Edward Center) comprises two towers of 39 and 26 storeys.
Agile Sky Residence
Agile Sky Residence is the first development project in Phnom Penh for Agile Group Holdings Limited from the People’s Republic of China.
Agile Sky Residence News
Sky Residence: Agile Group launches first project in Phnom Penh (Press Release) – [08/07/19]
“A new luxurious condominium, dubbed Agile Sky Residence is set to be the new addition to Phnom Penh’s skyline soon. The 44-storey building will be located in Boeung Keng Kang (BKK), in the Chamkarmon district.”
Flatiron By Meridian
Flatiron By Meridian is a 42-storey (158m) tower with office space and apart-hotels. The name is inspired by its triangular shape, similar to that of the Flatiron Building in New York.
Flatiron By Meridian News
Flatiron by Meridian tops out after just 16 months – [29/06/20]
J Tower II
J Tower II is a 42-floor apartment tower in BKK1.
The Flora Suites
The Flora Suites is a 38-storey condominium project in BKK1.
The Flora Suites News
Five-star condo project announced for BKK1 – [25/11/19]
“The Flora, a leading property and real estate developer in Cambodia, on Saturday announced the development of its first high-rise condominium, The Flora Suites, a five-star condo in Phnom Penh’s Boeung Keng Kang I.”
Le Condé BKK1
Le Condé BKK1 is a mixed-use 43 storeys building launched by Wangfu International Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.
Le Condé BKK1 News
Le Condé BKK1 project breaks ground – [27/07/20]
Address: St.360, BKK 1, Phnom Penh.
35-floor apartment tower in BKK1.
CEO KT Pacific includes a five-star Wyndham Hotel.
National Bank of Cambodia
The Bridge is another 2-tower development of 45 floors each on top of a 4-floor shopping centre. It’s opposite the Australian Embassy in the Tonle Bassac Commune, which is the home to some of the other big projects in the city.
[The Bridge, behind the National Assembly (December 2017).]
The Bridge News
The Bridge project tops out ahead of schedule – [11/01/17]
Joint venture to embark on SoHo twin-tower project – [01/05/14]
“Singaporean investors will invest $300 million to erect a twin-towered commercial building called The Bridge, in downtown Phnom Penh.”
Picasso City Garden
Picasso City Garden is a 27-floor apartment tower in the BKK1 area of Phnom Penh.
Phnom Penh News
Phnom Penh authorities to renovate public gardens – [17/06/22]
In Pictures: Phnom Penh’s ever-changing skyline – [19/04/22]
Cambodia’s property boom continues despite pandemic – [23/09/20]
Phnom Penh’s 2035 master plan in minimal use – [04/08/16]
“Termed “Phnom Penh Land Use for 2035”, the master plan – originally a 330-page document funded by the French Embassy, titled Livre Blanc, and belatedly approved after eight years – was conveniently summarised into a 35-page document in Khmer that was released to the public at the end of 2015.”
Inside Phnom Penh’s empty new skyscraper: ‘This is only for excellencies’ – [17/07/15]
“The Vattanac Capital tower – the tallest building in one of the world’s poorest countries – has an occupancy rate below 30%. Customers at its high-end boutiques are likely to be ‘excellencies’, members of Cambodia’s ultra-rich elite of business tycoons and MPs. So, what is the point of such a building?”