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Old September 1st, 2010, 04:12 PM   #1
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PHNOM PENH | The Diamond | 555m | 1820ft | Pro

Cambodia boasts plans for Asia's tallest building
By SOPHENG CHEANG, Associated Press Writer
1 September 2010

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia Impoverished Cambodia plans to build a 1,820-foot (555-meter) skyscraper, its prime minister said Wednesday, a feat that would give one of the region's least-developed capitals the tallest building in Asia.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said he had approved a master plan for the skyscraper, which would be located about half a mile (one kilometer) from the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh a dusty city of colonial villas, slums and one standout skyscraper, the recently completed Canadia Tower that is about 377 feet (115 meters) high.

Hun Sen did not say when construction would start, how much it would cost or give any other details, except that it would be built by a Cambodian company, Overseas Cambodia Investment Corp., owned by tycoon Pung Khiav Se.

The company's project manager, Touch Samnang, said preliminary estimates suggest the building would cost $200 million, but the project was being studied by experts and government ministries. He said it would include a shopping mall, hotel, apartments and an entertainment center.

That figure is dwarfed by the sum for what is currently Asia's tallest building, the Taipei 101 in Taiwan. Rising 1,667 feet (508 meters), it cost about $1.6 billion. It had been the world's tallest since 2004 but was overtaken in January when Dubai unveiled the Burj Khalifa, which rises 2,717 feet (828 meters) from the desert.

Cambodia, whose commerce is tiny by international standards, has been experiencing a real estate bubble for the past few years, but several ambitious construction projects have been delayed or suspended.
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Old September 1st, 2010, 04:26 PM   #2
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Uhm, the Arabian peninsula is part of the Asian continent.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia

On top of that, two towers above 600m are currently under construction in Shanghai and Shenzen, so unless Cambodians have some secret for super-fast construction (maybe the same secret that supposedly only makes it cost $200 million) it won't even be the tallest building in East Asia.
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Old September 1st, 2010, 06:43 PM   #3
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Old September 1st, 2010, 06:45 PM   #4
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 08:35 AM   #5
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Cambodia boasts plans for Asia's tallest building
By SOPHENG CHEANG, Associated Press Writer
1 September 2010

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia Impoverished Cambodia plans to build a 1,820-foot (555-meter) skyscraper, its prime minister said Wednesday, a feat that would give one of the region's least-developed capitals the tallest building in Asia.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said he had approved a master plan for the skyscraper, which would be located about half a mile (one kilometer) from the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh a dusty city of colonial villas, slums and one standout skyscraper, the recently completed Canadia Tower that is about 377 feet (115 meters) high.

Hun Sen did not say when construction would start, how much it would cost or give any other details, except that it would be built by a Cambodian company, Overseas Cambodia Investment Corp., owned by tycoon Pung Khiav Se.

The company's project manager, Touch Samnang, said preliminary estimates suggest the building would cost $200 million, but the project was being studied by experts and government ministries. He said it would include a shopping mall, hotel, apartments and an entertainment center.

That figure is dwarfed by the sum for what is currently Asia's tallest building, the Taipei 101 in Taiwan. Rising 1,667 feet (508 meters), it cost about $1.6 billion. It had been the world's tallest since 2004 but was overtaken in January when Dubai unveiled the Burj Khalifa, which rises 2,717 feet (828 meters) from the desert.

Cambodia, whose commerce is tiny by international standards, has been experiencing a real estate bubble for the past few years, but several ambitious construction projects have been delayed or suspended.
okay. I see.
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 09:45 AM   #6
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$200 Million for a 555M building?!
I know Cambodia has been through a lot and deserves things but is this being realistic?
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 09:48 AM   #7
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Well.. better question..
How many floors?
$200 million you can get 10 floors and the rest could be a spire.
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 10:40 AM   #8
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 04:06 PM   #9
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We Legendary Khmers can be build anything if we want to! We built the legendary Angkor Wat and made it align with the SUN so perfectly without using any high tech equipments so why can't we build this Little Skyscraper! We also built the LARGEST PRE-INDUSTRIAL CITY in the WORLD!!!!!!
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 05:43 PM   #10
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Well.. better question..
How many floors?
$200 million you can get 10 floors and the rest could be a spire.


but seriously this sounds like a joke to me.
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 06:24 PM   #11
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We Legendary Khmers can be build anything if we want to! We built the legendary Angkor Wat and made it align with the SUN so perfectly without using any high tech equipments so why can't we build this Little Skyscraper! We also built the LARGEST PRE-INDUSTRIAL CITY in the WORLD!!!!!!
Wonder if you know how tall 555 M is.
And at this point I think the idea of building it is comparable to continuing to work on the Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang.
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 06:32 PM   #12
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i think they better spend their money uplifting the lives of common Camboadians, rather than building a basically d!ck-extension for their dictators
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 06:34 PM   #13
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Couldn't agree more with Kintoy. Don't see it being built ever.
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 06:38 PM   #14
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 06:40 PM   #15
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This proposal as well as the report do not make any sense.
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They're over their head now after completing the first "sky bridge"
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1114247

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It won't even be the tallest in Asia (not including the Middle East) since Shanghai Tower will be completed much earlier than this one, along with that 640 meters supertall in Shenzen.
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It won't even be the tallest in Asia (not including the Middle East) since Shanghai Tower will be completed much earlier than this one, along with that 640 meters supertall in Shenzen.
yeah obviously. and when they build it they run out of money pretty early for miscalculating or they have a very slow process anyway. so when its finished 15 years after it begun its already out of the top 5
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 04:19 AM   #19
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I dont believe this project will come real before 10 years.
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 04:46 AM   #20
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I dont believe this project will come real before 10 years.
me too.
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