Room for growth

Room for growth

Ikea’s external future innovations lab, Space10, has released open source plans for The Growroom, a spherical neighbourhood garden. There’s no flat packing here, though, rather wannabe garden builders need to download The Growroom files – free-of-charge – and then get a professional woodshop – or Maker shop – to create the plywood shapes they will require to assemble their sphere. Space10 reckons two rubber hammers will do the assembly job in a mere 17 steps.

Space10 reckons local food is a serious alternative to the global food model, reducing food miles and pressure on the environment, as well as educating children about the origins of food. But traditional farming takes up a lot of space, which is a scarce resource in urban environments. So, The Growroom comes in at just 2.8 x 2.5 metres and boasts a small footprint with growth aimed towards the vertical.

“[The Growroom] is designed to support our everyday sense of well-being in cities by creating a small oasis, or pause architecture, in our high-paced societal scenery and enables people to connect with nature as we smell and taste the abundance of herbs and plants,” says Space10.

Music in the Firepit

Music in the Firepit

Music accelerated

Music accelerated