During October 2016, Space10, IKEA’s external innovation hub in collaboration with architects Sine Lindholm and Mads-Ulrik Husum released their Growroom concept. It is a spherical structure designed to allow people to sustainably cultivate food. Subsequently, Ikea began to receive enquiries about purchasing Growrooms, however Space10 believed that shipping the design large distances didn’t align with the organization’s philosophy to promote local food production.
Fortunately Space10 has now released the Growroom as an open-source design which can be built with seventeen sheets of plywood, a hammer and a CNC milling machine etc and the design focuses on making assembly as easy and intuitive as possible. Constructed as a sphere measuring 2.8m x 2.5m, the overlapping slices of the free-standing structure allow for water and light to reach vegetation at all levels.
The open-source plans and instructions are available for download from here; https://github.com/space10-community/the-growroom
Architectural images ex Mads-Ulrik Husum & Sine Lindholm
Photos ex Space10, Alona Vibe, Niklas Vindelev