Seattle, US – Allowing the eco-conscious to continue recycling even after death, the facility is expected to open in spring 2021.
Following the legalisation of human composting in Washington in 2018, American firm Olson Kundig Architects saw the opportunity to offer this as a service and designed Recompose as a centre for an alternative to cremation and burial. The company highlights the benefits of human composting as both sustainable and environmentally friendly – even providing nutrient-rich soil that can be used for growing plants.
With the natural world at the heart of the company’s values, Recompose has designed the space to reflect outdoor environments. A Recompose spokesperson explains: ‘Nature is integrated across the building as well, with moveable trees situated throughout the main space, a living wall spanning the end of the facility and abundant landscaping along the structure's ramped entrance.’
Whether planning for the end of human life or the potential end of a relationship, brands are reconsidering what it means to have a temporary lifecycle. For more, read our Big Idea: It’s Time For Brands to Face the End.