Diane Pham

Circular Pod-Shaped Tea House is Heated by Compost

by , 02/11/10

bakoko architects, alistair townsend, kayoko ohtsuki, comploo, japanese tea house, urban spaces, composting, composting heat, alternative heating, organic material

Currently the design team is hard at work resolving technical details, such as how to adequately aerate the compost, control moisture, and mitigate odors. They hope to build a fully-composting prototype soon. Bakoko forsees the structure best suited as a resting point in large urban parks, community gardens, or even serving as an outdoor cafe – “anywhere that generates a continuous supply of organic waste for fuel.”

+ Bakoko Design Development

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4 Comments

  1. The Fuccillo Bin Stores... September 23, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    [...] home composting would be so much easier if it didn’t generate all that stink. Good news – you can swat [...]

  2. Jac February 18, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    i love how it looks like a spaceship!

  3. Mathew February 12, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    “technical details” as in, they haven’t actually considered any part of its actual function yet.
    People actually doing this: check out the Brown Mound in Vermont
    http://www.vtcommons.org/blog/2009/10/02/energy-optimist-brown-mound-composting-heat-system-working-see-making-video

  4. TimothyBurgess February 12, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    That is incredibly ingeneous, if a little labour intensive. I wonder if you have to top up each compartment everyday in the middle of winter? It is a very beautiful idea.

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