Arnica Drying Centre
Chris Medland and Megan Yates teamed up with students from Oxford University’s Said Business School to design an Arnica flower-drying facility in Romania. The project was supported by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The timber-clad, naturally ventilated structure was made using locally sourced materials and vernacular building methods. The steep and rugged terrain of the Carpathian Mountains, where most of the arnica cottage industry is located, posed a challenge. Working with a community cooperative in Girda de Sus was key to the development of the project in understanding the region and needs of the people.
Ten years on an extension to the original building has gone up, attesting to its success.
Project Lead: Chris Medland
Location: Girda De Sus, Romania
Start Date: 1998
Completion Date: 2001