IKEA’s external innovation hub Space10 announced the ‘Growroom,’ an incredible spherical garden that allows people to grow their own food locally and sustainably. It was designed with a view to encourage people living in cities to grow their own food locally, bring nature into urban areas and tackle the ever increasing demand for food.
Recently, Space10 released the Growroom as an open source design that can be built with a few sheets of plywood, a hammer and a CNC milling machine. The Growroom has a small spatial footprint when compared to traditional farming as it grows vertically. It can also reduce the carbon footprint as it eliminates transportation from the farm to urban areas.
The spherical, layered design has a certain function. According to Space10, “The overlapping slices ensure that water and light can reach the vegetation on each level, without reaching the visitor within and thereby functions as a growth activator for the vegetation and shelter for the visitor”.
Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm are the architects behind this innovative concept. The building instructions are relatively simple and have been made available completely free online.