1945 Chinese Shop-house
The adventure of discovering the world’s best pepper starts in Atelier’s boutique itself and its immediate surroundings.
The building is a piece of living history located on Kampot’s riverfront.
In 2013 the Meinnel family acquired a historical shophouse on Kampot’s riverside. Even though the house was very deteriorated, its charm remained intact and the family decided to restore the facade respectfully, preserving it for collective memory.
Architectural challenges resulting from that decision lead to Atelier’s artisan mindset, offering a holistic approach to Kampot pepper, promoting slowly matured products and design rooted in local culture. Introducing contemporary finishes and comfort, the architect revived traditional construction techniques in order to preserve the historical facade of the building.
The house is a manifest for the preservation of old shophouses in Kampot.
Located in the commune of Vat Ang, approximately 10km from Kampot, the Kampot pepper plantation is situated, the heart of the company. This special pepper is grown organically and according to ancestral know-how, using only natural fertilizers. Pepper is a very delicate plant and needs constant attention. For example, the right amount of water is crucial for quality growth, a challenge in Cambodia’s extreme climatic conditions. To ensure a consist high standard, every single corn is hand-picked from the vine and quality screened.
Aiming to maintain and enhance the region’s biodiversity, Atelier plans to include an organic fruit and vegetable garden within the plantation’s premises. Upon completion, it will attract locals, travelers and residents alike, showcasing organic agriculture and a botanical orchard introducing visitors to a large selection of exquisite local plants. Atelier guests will be invited to use handpicked vegetables during cooking lessons and to learn about the vision driving the plantation.