This spice obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomun is used not only in both sweet and savoury foodsbut also to develop this project of  Patrick Barthelemy in collaboration with TYIN Tegnestuen Architects. 

The house is located in a region of indonesia that is responsible for 85% of the global production of cinnamon, however farmers and locals are forced to work long days under poor conditions. Just over a year later the ‘cassia coop training centre’ was completed, giving a safer, sanitary and most importantly ethical facility for the community as a fair socially functioning enterprise with proper wages, healthcare and education.

The project, built in around three month’s time, was constructed with a large labor force of 70 local unskilled workers, eight water buffaloes and an on-site saw mill. Being prone to frequent earthquakes, each component is structurally independent and possesses differing material frequencies, which so far hav

The massive roof plane  of 600 square meters is designed to block out sun rays with deep eaves in addition to sheltering a naturally ventilated space and allowing the light wood construction to create the feeling of being in the lush forest. Windows contain cinnamon stocks to help filter out direct light and add this incredible texture. Right in the middle, grow up two durian trees.e withstood more than one earthquake measuring over a magnitude of five on the richter scale.

A good example of sustainability and proximity architecture. Locals working with local materials, integrating then in new uses.

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