composting as sculpture

Many times people think that they would like to compost, but that it becomes an eyesore in their landscape. That does not need to be the case. Composting is a design opportunity. That is why I love this composting shed by Groves-Raines Architects in Edinburgh. They used steel rebar (typically used in concrete for structural reinforcement) . The steel is twisted to create the organic shaped walls and are driven straight into the ground, thus eliminating the need for additional foundation. There are small gaps between the steel rods, allowing air and sunlight to penetrate the composting inside (requirements for a healthy composting pile), while visibly screening the inner contents. There is a steel roof with planters to create a green roof and overall sculpture that feels like it is a beautiful extension of the ground. Poetic and functional.

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4 Responses to “composting as sculpture”

  1. Irene Turner says:

    I love this Michelle! Living out in the country, this seems like a great way to be green and design beauty! I will send out to all my landscape buddies….

  2. Dan Farrar says:

    I took all the finished photographs of the composting shed for Groves Raines Architects. Not all are shown here but they are the 2nd 3rd and 4th pictures above.

    http://www.danfarrar.co.uk

    Dan Farrar

  3. MrBusRider says:

    I’d like to see this done with local wood…all the rusting steel is a harsh contrast to the organic process of decomposition. I also hope it is in a humid climate that can keep a large pile moist enough, maybe the hose reaches?

  4. Tod says:

    Nicely done but yes, the functionality and performance might be a tad tricky. I tried for awhile to build both a functional and architectural composter and finally gave up. Form and function combined make true art!

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