Carmine Palace_ Aaron Ho, Y2

Carmine is a luxury pigment extracted from the Cochineal beetle, an insect which lives parasitically on the Opuntia Cactus of Lanzarote. Whilst the Canary Islands have a long tradition of cochineal farming, there is no Carmine extraction plant in the archipelago. The dye’s price and exclusivity relates to the labour-intensive processes involved to farm and extract it. This meticulously mechanical architecture opens up the different parts of the building to reveal its intricate internal processes to visitors. The building’s folding out evoke the opening of a jewellery box to reveal the treasure inside.

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