Terroir: - a research center for seaweed

Student thesis: Master thesis (including HD thesis)

  • Martin Frank Petersen
  • Senad Gvozden
4. term, Urban Design, Master (Master Programme)
Introduction
On the basis of a widespread discussion about the future of peripheral areas in Denmark, the agenda of the thesis project has been to strategically, theoretically and architecturally explore a conception which explores the role of an island in the Danish landscape, reinterpreting the way we imagine coastal culture, resources and research environments.

Substantiated by research and theoretical reflections, this main part of the thesis project - Embodiment - seeks to build upon the research-based and theoretical experiences gained.
In the end, we wish to explore these realms of architecture, and spark a discussion of its role in peripheral Denmark.



Architectural project
What has been the focus of the architectural project is to explore physical conceptions of the implementation of a research center for seaweed, on the island of Samsø. The exploration aims to study the role of such an architecture in a scenic coastal context, and which qualities this might entail.

The research center itself is imagined as a place where the interrelatedness between body(place), mind(thought), spirit(atmosphere) is fostered. Creating spaces for the researcher, that place him in the very core of natural immersion - in close relation to the realities of place and seaweed as its physical scientific natural matter.

The spaces, in flux with the surrounding landscape, grow out of the defining quality of human beings, ultimately aspiring to create places for immersion. Thus, the institution becomes the medium of the work, as a hybrid of home, work, community and leisure - a research complex which fosters an immersion of ones desire to express oneself, to live, to experience and to learn, rather than solely to work.

In dialogue with the narrative, material patterns and temporal changes of the landscape, the elementary formal language and facade unfolds a narrative about the relationship of the horizontal, the vast ocean and cultivation of nature, epitomizing what human endeavour aspires to accomplish.

Ultimately, the research center and the surrounding landscape is a refuge from normatives, an extensive landscape, an immersive place for focus, contemplation and tranquility - where we begin learning, understanding, cultivating, consuming and ultimately experiencing the potentials of seaweed on the island of Samsø
LanguageEnglish
Publication date28 May 2014
Number of pages218
ID: 198206168