Better Place Forests Visitor Center

Located on Northern California's Mendocino Coast, the Better Place Forests in Pointe Arena is a memorial grove acting as a sustainable alternative to cemeteries. The 20-acre spreading forest allows family members to leave the ashes of their loved ones among the coastal redwoods and Douglas firs. Before entering the site, guests pass through the Visitor Center. Designed by Openscope Studio, the weathered steel-clad pavilion features a covered terrace flanked by two volumes. The central opening frames in views of the meadow below, leading guests into the forest while its redwood-lined interior houses two small meeting rooms, a restroom, and a staff room for convenience.

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