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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