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.