The Modern Seaweed House by Vandkunsten and Realdania Byg

The Modern Seaweed House by Vandkunsten and Realdania Byg.

This beautiful house located on Danish island Læsø is 100 square meters and is suitable for two families. Architecture studio Vandkunsten and non-profit organisation Realdania Byg decided to bring back to life old method of using seaweed in housing, characteristic for the local architecture of island. The effective insulation – seaweed! – makes it possible to live in the house year-round.

In contrast to the historic houses, on which the seaweed is stacked high on the roof in a tall, swelling, mushroom-like fashion, the Modern Seaweed House is more contemporary and tight in its expression. The visible seaweed has been stuffed into bolsters made of net knitted in strong wool. The bolsters are attached to the roof in overlapping runs and, in smaller scale, mounted on the façades using the same method.

The Modern Seaweed House by Vandkunsten and Realdania Byg

The Modern Seaweed House by Vandkunsten and Realdania Byg

Vandkunsten and Realdania Byg

The Modern Seaweed House by Vandkunsten and Realdania Byg

Vandkunsten and Realdania Byg

Vandkunsten and Realdania Byg

Vandkunsten and Realdania Byg