Aaksen Responsible Aarchitecture
Albizzia House
Ancient Solutions for Future’s Hope, Reinventing Ancient Technology in a Contemporary Living

Architect: Aaksen Responsible Aarchitecture

Year: 2019

Location: Kiaracondong, Bandung

Area: 190 m2

Lighting: Panasonic

Composite Wood: Conwood

Branding and Graphic Design: Monoponik Studio

Photography: KIE

Started from a plan to renovate the Grandma's house, during the demolition the wooden roof truss structure was discovered in a very good condition. It turned out that the timber was an extraordinary one, in which it had been preserved in the countryside of Ciamis before delivered to the city of Bandung, long time ago.

The tree species is Moluccan Albizzia, widely notable as a fast-growing and economical tree. The potential is rarely maximized because of its low grades that merely stands around IV-V. However, there has been a long-established technology by local farmers in Ciamis, West Java, in which they bury the local timber beneath the paddy elds after the harvest season. This compaction has increased the wood grade signicantly so it can last up to 30-45 years. The timber mummication is more than about lling up the wood pockets to become sturdy, the poetic is embedded in a tale of two earth substances that are mutually reinforcing into a unity.