During the first sunny week of May, a group of bachelor students was relocated to Djursland for the first phase of the workshop Nordic Craft and Architecture. In the small village of Revn, the students started the process of building a 40 m2 food pavilion with cypress rafters, clay and brick ovens, a straw-thatched roof and walls of wicker.
The workshop is an introduction to Nordic vernacular materials and crafts and is based on a collaboration with Frank Erichsen, who is known for his promotion of self-sufficiency and for revitalizing ancient handicrafts, masons Agner Thulesen and Frands Soberra, and craftsman Peter Madsen.
During the workshop, the students learn from the past and investigate architectural design traditions and craftsmanship. The students also explore the interventions and possibilities of a small scale building, using four specific handmade vernacular materials: straw/seaweed, unburned clay bricks, lime mortar and mussel shells, and wood. The materials are designed and constructed to be disassembled, which means they can be reused.
The course is taught by Professor Walter Unterrainer and Associate Professor Heidi Merrild. The course runs until 27 May.