AL G. 1 – TRANSFORMATION OF BROWN ALGAE I 2017


AL G. is a material research project, focussing on an integral utilisation of a raw material. It deals with the brown algae Laminaria, which is cultivated in salty and cooler coastal waters. In Japan, its cultivation has a long tradition, especially for use in the kitchen, where it is added to soups to preserve the „umami taste“. 


Due to their physical and mechanical properties of high stability and elasticity, other possible uses can be explored from a material perspective. The material has various analogies to the materials we already know. It can have the feel and appearance of leather or rubber. But it can also be transformed into a material, which is similar to paper, plywood or plastic. 


The focus was laid on researching into a material, from its cultivation and harvesting through to the simplest processing techniques and product application to recycling with the background question of our future material culture.