Crafted design with sustainable focus at Alila Villas Koh Russey

An ecological escape and island paradise, Alila Villas Koh Russey resort is a fine example of how environmental impact can be minimised through crafted design and sustainable initiatives.

Alila Villas Koh Russey incorporated EarthCheck Design Standard whilst building the resort and has now joined the EarthCheck Certification program to measure and manage their energy, water and waste at an operational level, continue to protect biodiversity and support local communities.

Designed with respect for its surrounding nature, the construction of Alila Villas Koh Russey incorporated environmentally sustainable features to protect its biodiversity, such as soil erosion prevention methods and energy-saving measures.

Elements of wood, stone and glass are featured throughout the Cambodian infused design. The Krama - a traditional Cambodian garment - has inspired intricate patterns and geometric forms within the resort. High ceilings and large windows that frame the abundance of nature surrounding Alila Villas Koh Russey.

Guests are given the oppourtunity to immerse themselves in Cambodia’s rich culture with a range of day trips to the mainland to explore ancient temples, coastal towns and Kampot’s well-known salt fields or pepper farms.

In the spirit of giving back to their local community, the resort launched the Ream Outreach Initiative (ROI). This umbrella initiative addresses systemic issues in waste management and education in their local village of Ong, in Ream Commune. The resort has partnered with the Hun Sen Ream Secondary School, the Wat Udom Vi Nhean Ream Pagoda, and the Cambodian Navy to organise clean-up events in the village and along Ream beach. In addition, the resort sponsors garbage collection for the school and pagoda, as well as host training and activities to educate students and villagers on the effects of plastic and littering on the environment.

EarthCheck developed the Building Planning and Design Standard (BPDS) and the Precinct Planning and Design Standard (PPDS) to assist designers, architects and developers in the planning, design and construction phase of buildings and precincts.

The principal objective of BPDS is to facilitate environmentally, socially and economically sustainable design and construction management of individual buildings and associated infrastructure; whereas PPDS facilitates the planning and design of new infrastructure in medium to large mixed-use precincts to ensure the development is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.