Five-storey building of Hell: what residents have made their home
• five-story building from Hell: what the residents have turned their house
This is really terrible pictures, how can the residents bring their homes when all spit at each other. This complex of buildings built as a housing for the middle class. After the victory of the Communists, the residents fled, and their apartments occupied poor. Today it is one of the most horrible places in the city.
In traveling, I avoid the tourist places, but looking for something a secret, now, reflecting the life of the country and the city. these places are not always bright and cheerful, and in poor countries often openly pomoechnye. But the White House in Phnom Penh - almost on the brink of hell.
So this building looked like in the late sixties. In the network of small pictures, and because resolution is low. Several similar buildings that make up a residential area, was built in 1963 on the banks of the Bassac River. The architect was the Frenchman Russian proishozheniya Vladimir Bodyansky. They worked together with the famous Le Corbusier, who contributed to the establishment of our Soviet "hruschovok".
The area turned out nice, so is not built in zachuhannoy Cambodia. In addition to the Khmer apartments have been designed in such a way that the temperature in them, at any time of the year, did not exceed 20 degrees Celsius. It was a glorious time, and the tenants are there to pick decent - artists, writers, distributors.
A little over ten years, and everything changed. By the power in the country came to the Khmer Rouge and the era of terror. During the communist power, followers of Pol Pot destroyed nearly a third of the population as part of its horrific social experiment. It dealt primarily with the most educated people, cleansing society of intellectuals. A person could throw in a cage only for the fact that he wore glasses "and look too clever."
In the apartments "elite" at the time of the complex began to settle rabble, who brought the White House (as it was called) to its present state.
From the residential complex preserved only two buildings, one of which was completely abandoned. In another, the longest (almost 500 meters in length), 468 apartments, all occupied.
Well, let's go meet with the White House and its present inhabitants!
The ridge building half a kilometer - long-predlinnye corridors. Five of them, according to the number of floors. And everyone - as a state within a state in itself.
Despite the fact that the entrances to the building are not protected and there is even no doors, and between the sections ( "entrances") open passages, they are all very different to each other.
And perfectly represent tenants who live here. As in the same house were so different neighbors - can not imagine.
That the doors are reinforced with additional grids.
And behind bars are hidden even C units. So as not to have stolen.
Light bulbs, while, for some reason, do not steal.
Non apartments painted with paint on a wall. Someone drew near silhouette of Angkor Wat, the ancient Khmer capital and the main tourist attractions of Cambodia. Local - the holy places.
It always happens when your apartment and everything outside the common, so - no one's.
Some believe duty to care about the appearance of their home and the entrance, the other - shit just beyond the threshold.
You do something too familiar?
I did not ask to visit, but if you've seen people asked permission to take a picture of their home.
The interiors predominantly unassumingly. People here live very modest means. Look on the wall of another picture from Angkor Wat.
None of what design or repair can not walk and talk. About wallpaper also not heard. The walls are decorated with paintings and portraits of the royal family or sacred characters.
In Cambodia, there is a unique system, at a time when people like and King and the Socialist Party.
This you will not be shown in museums.
What is it sculpts it, you do not know?
The apartments are different, but the similarities begin to notice: tile on the floor, sometimes on the walls of the ornaments - portraits.
Can you imagine how to live in this apartment? She has also even furniture there!
And yet, in the White House a little better than the outside.
In this part of the house are not afraid of drying clothes on the stairs.
The apartments are so tiny that people are more comfortable to spend time outside. And there used to live a "middle class" and the artists?
In no other country have I seen so many disabled and crippled. Cambodia is the second "most mined" country in the world - a legacy of the civil war. Cause severe digits - there are still between 3 and 6 million active mines. Since 1979, more than 57 thousand. Cambodians have lost limbs.
Phnom Penh grows and develops. City is changing and getting better day by day. And the scary house on the banks of the Bassac River remains a stinking slum, which has long been time to carry.
So far, the authorities have not reached, and the settlement is worth the money. Many residents of the same, according to the Internet, do not have any documents and residency rights. Throw them on the street, you can, but who can guarantee that will not be worse? At the White House, thousands of people live.
Underwear on the roof.
This house - stinking ghetto kotroye hates the whole neighborhood, but they can not do anything.
The girl has lice.
The remains of luxury - one of the buildings of the former residential complex Bodyansky architect completely abandoned.
particularly "lucky" buyers of apartments in this building, it is right in front.
What would you do with this "White House" and its inhabitants, if they could solve?