IKEA is having a moment. Nearly a month after winning « Design of the Year 2016 » for « Better Shelter », their refugee housing solution, the Swedish brand is launching another solution, for plants lovers this time.
Developed by the brand’s innovation lab, Space10, the solution is called Growroom. Easy to build up and to use, Growroom is a new concept of gardening. According to its designers, Sine Lindholm et Mads-Ulrik Husum, Growroom is intended to help people «grow their own food much more locally in a beautiful and sustainable way.»
Designed for urban places, Growroom needs only 2,8 x 2,5 m of space, its spherical configuration does the rest (optimizing the intake of daylight for each row of plants.
«It is designed to support our everyday sense of well-being in the 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,» Space10 told the media. « The pavilion, built as a sphere, can stand freely in any context and points in a direction of expanding contemporary and shared architecture».
Building your own Growroom will require 17 sheets of plywood, a rubber hammer, metal screws, a CNC milling machine, printing the plans IKEA has released… and following the instructions.
«From Taipei to Helsinki and from Rio de Janeiro to San Francisco, the original version of The Growroom sparked interest and people requested to either buy or exhibit The Growroom,», a poursuivi Space10. «But it doesn’t make sense to promote local food production and then start shipping it across oceans and continents. That is why we now release The Growroom as open source design and encourage people to build their own locally as a way to bring new opportunities to life.»
A great initiative.