Part of the project to save the homes, and the
knowledge almost lost to build them, has been to use eelgrass in a
The idea of this new cottage
is to help build a deeper knowledge about seaweed as a building
material, a natural, non-toxic, non-itching, non-smelling,
locally-sourced, CO2-neutral building material, with comparable
insulation properties to mineral wool.
In this design (right) the seaweed is used as an insulating wall panel
with additional sausage shapes on the exterior, not to provide a
waterproof membrane but as insulation.
is a presentation (in English) about the history of the seaweed thatched
homes including film of the thatching process.
the architect of the contemporary
seaweed home discuss the
design and materials (in Danish with English subtitles).