Woodland house of recomposition

Anna Sophie






Slumstrup Petersen




Woodland House of Recomposition

Becoming nature in death


Death and dying has been neglected in our rapid technological and social advancement: Worldwide urban cemeteries are almost filled up and the increasing number of non-religious orientated turn to the stark practicality of cremation – which in turn pollute our air and rarely address people’s grief adequately. The Woodland House of Recomposition is the first of its kind, integrating a safe and efficient decomposition process of our deceased, in a religiously neutral building offering space for both ceremonies, counseling, grief, memorial, and spirituality. In the heart of the Woodland House of Recomposition lies the Decomposition Chamber. The chamber is a closed eco-system controlling oxygen-supply, temperature, and moisture for the deceased to fully compost in only six weeks. Hereafter the compost is gently relocated to provide nourishment for depleted topsoil in our forests, parks, and other green areas. Thereby, people are given the opportunity to positively affect the world even in death by eliminating the consequences of taking up precious urban land and harming the environment. Enveloping the Decomposition Chamber, the Mourning Hall serves as a calm, embracing environment where both individuals and families in grief can mourn and remember the ones who are laid to rest in this building.










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