For a long time this building was the tallest building in Vientiane. I love the way it shoots straight up and out with those lines accentuating its verticality. That must have been quiet a terrace up on top in its heyday. It was probably built in the 1950s and housed the French Cultural Center back when the French were in control of the country. Apparently the members of the family who own it cannot come to any agreement and the building has been vacant for many years—except for one shop on the first floor.