Ikea has unveiled the Lokal indoor vertical farming project which has been developed by its Space10 innovation lab. The agricultural initiative uses hydroponic farming methods to grow crops stackable trays under artificial light under climate-controlled conditions.
“Lokal is a fresh approach to food — serving you delicious ingredients, right where it’s grown,” the future innovations outfit says.
The lab Space10 is now looking to deploy smart sensors and connect Lokal data with Google Home to help measure and better control the vertical farming environment.
Space10 recently made Lokal part of a six-day pop-up event at the London Design Festival. The indoor-farming project is slated to appear next at the Creativity World Forum in Denmark in November. Space10 will present it as part of The Farm, a lab exploring and prototyping alternative methods for growing, distributing and integrating food production in cities.
The Farm has already produced The Growroom, a spherical neighbourhood garden for which Space10 has released open source plans. The Growroom is also vertically oriented for urban compactness.