Courtesy Olson Kundig
Courtesy Olson Kundig

Courtesy Olson Kundig
Courtesy Olson Kundig

Seattle-based Olson Kundig (OK) is currently designing the world’s first alternative cremation facility that converts human remains into sustainable soil in Seattle’s SODO (South of Downtown) neighborhood. The new after-death care center, Recompose, is slated to open in spring 2021 and will feature natural organic reduction vessels that “gently [convert] human remains into soil in about 30 days, helping nourish new life after death,” according to an OK press release. The 18,500-square-foot facility will house approximately 75 of these vessels oriented around a central gathering space. “We asked ourselves how we could use nature—which has perfected the life/death cycle—as a model for human death care,” said Recompose CEO and founder Katrina Spade in the same release. “We saw an opportunity for this profound moment to both give back to the earth and reconnect us with these natural cycles.” [Olson Kundig]

In a collaboration with the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Google Arts & Culture has launched an online exhibition of the ongoing influence of the Bauhaus movement in architecture and design today. Virtual visitors can review approximately 10,000 digitized objects and explore the Bauhaus Building in Dessau, Germany, as well as three unrealized Bauhaus buildings in VR. In total, the online program features 45 exhibitions covering the school’s legacy, including student life at the Bauhaus school, women at the Bauhaus, and Bauhaus design icons. [Google Arts & Culture]