You Khin, an architect by profession, designed the original You Khin House to have large, light-filled, common spaces. Typical to Cambodian homes, bedrooms are built with small windows to keep them as isolated as possible from the heat outside. The building opens up with a ground floor art gallery, at the heart of which is a wrought iron and stone staircase, capped with a skylight.
The first and second floor each feature a common area with a bay window of jalousie windows looking out onto the pool and tree-lined courtyard. Each room is of a unique lay-out, but features at a minimum, a bathroom, wardrobe, writing table, and queen-size bed. The building has eight units, including a two-bedroom apartment on the top floor, and a one-bedroom apartment on the second floor, both with separate bedrooms, living rooms, and equipped kitchens.
The new building, completed in 2017, mirrors the original in style, but offers a more modern take on the layout, with large bedroom windows looking out on to the yard or the neighborhood street. Roman blinds provide cover from the sun and heat as needed. Four rooms, and two one-bedroom apartments make up the building.