Commissioned by a Dutch missionary, this project provides a forum for the Dayak people, especially women, to hone their weaving skills and exhibit and sell their work. It adopts the traditional long house form, with a raised open gathering space at its base and, leading to the first floor, a wide central stair that doubles as a space for people to enjoy the surrounding forest. Local wood is used extensively, and the house was built by local people. By encouraging an appreciation of the regional weaving tradition among both locals and tourists, the project has made a contribution to the community’s social, cultural and economic life.
Tirta Dharma Weaving House Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2010.
Presentation panels are drawings, images, and text graphically prepared by the architect and submitted to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture during the later round of the Award cycle. The portfolios are kept in the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Library for consultation purposes.