Drying Hall for
Seaweed and Salt
SPECULATIVE DESIGN PROPOSAL for a COOPERATIVE DRYING FACILITY in DOWNEAST MAINE
GSD / 2015
Academic Studio work under Kersten Geers and David Van Severen
On the coast of Maine, seaweed forager Larch Hansen built a small drying hall for his freshly harvested seaweed, a simple out building fed by wood heat to stay warm and dry. This design proposes a larger cooperative facility that could be shared by Hansen’s numerous apprentices, many of which go on to start their own seaweed businesses. The columns that suspend the roof slab double as chimneys for the grid of wood stoves dispersed through the space. Where Hansen’s original structure was placed inland, this facility is strapped to the coastline, spanning between day boats heaped with just trimmed seaweed, the woodlot driving the ovens to bake the seaweed dry, and the trucks linking finished product to market.