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Kathryn Larsen

http://www.kathrynlarsen.com

Slagelse, Denmark
Kathryn Larsen is an American architectural technologist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her work focuses on sustainable materials, seaweed, and vernacular architecture. Kathryn is an educational advocate who has supported affordable access to Danish language classes, and has guest-lectured at KEA (Copenhagen School of Design and Technology) in her free time.

The Seaweed Pavilion


Building from the Past for a Sustainable Future

The Seaweed Pavilion


Building from the Past for a Sustainable Future
Reimagining traditional building techniques for modern construction
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Type of project
  • Systemic changes

Vernacular construction methods are often unexplored sustainable solutions, with local materials and builders. The Seaweed Pavilion studies a return to ethical, community building, and the impact it can have on the individuals participating. The pavilion was built at the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology, with a build team of former and current students at the school.

Eelgrass was once used as an insulation material and as roofing on the island of Læsø. The material is rot resistant, fire resistant, is non-toxic, and can support local plant life, yet there is a lot of prejudice against seaweed as a building material. By creating a public pavilion and inviting people to take a seat under the seaweed, we can begin to change perception on this eco-friendly material.

The seaweed panels have applications beyond the pavilion, and could help improve thermal regulation for building renovations on facades and roofs.


The Seaweed Pavilion


Building from the Past for a Sustainable Future

The Seaweed Pavilion


Building from the Past for a Sustainable Future
Reimagining traditional building techniques for modern construction
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

Vernacular construction methods are often unexplored sustainable solutions, with local materials and builders. The Seaweed Pavilion studies a return to ethical, community building, and the impact it can have on the individuals participating. The pavilion was built at the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology, with a build team of former and current students at the school.

Eelgrass was once used as an insulation material and as roofing on the island of Læsø. The material is rot resistant, fire resistant, is non-toxic, and can support local plant life, yet there is a lot of prejudice against seaweed as a building material. By creating a public pavilion and inviting people to take a seat under the seaweed, we can begin to change perception on this eco-friendly material.

The seaweed panels have applications beyond the pavilion, and could help improve thermal regulation for building renovations on facades and roofs.



Idea by

Kathryn Larsen
Slagelse
Denmark
Kathryn Larsen is an American architectural technologist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her work focuses on sustainable materials, seaweed, and vernacular architecture. Kathryn is an educational advocate who has supported affordable access to Danish language classes, and has guest-lectured at KEA (Copenhagen School of Design and Technology) in her free time.