This thesis is a proposal for facilitating seaweed production at the island of Værøy in the north of Norway.
In our oceans, seaweed contributes to the important process of absorbing carbon emissions, mitigating biodiversity loss, excess nitrogen and ocean acidification in the oceans. Seaweed is a forgotten and unexploited resource in the Norwegian landscape, and has the potential of doing more, in terms of serving the food-, fuel-, building-, plastic-industry etc. We are talking about a marine resource which is the fastest growing crop in the ocean and hundred percent sustainable.
In the project I focus on developing a synergy between seaweed, fishing industry and coastal vernacular architecture, celebrating the forgotten resource seaweed is, and shedding light on a new industry which has the huge potential to grow along the long coast of Norway. The facilities contain structures and buildings for drying, processing and storing seaweed. As a production loop, the seaweed arrives and leaves the structures in relation to season and export. The architecture proposes an identity for seaweed production facilities and reflects on the turbulent weather and climate.