We want this: Growroom by Space10
By BEL JACOBS
Sometimes, you see something and you really, really want it.
That’s the case with the team at HowNow and the Growroom, Space10’s flat pack spherical garden that grows plants, veggies and herbs.
Space10, Ikea’s innovation lab, teamed up with Swedish architects Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm to create the ‘garden’, which was launched late 2016 and shown at the Chart Art Fair in Copenhagen.
It’s a project that combines future-thinking with romanticism; an object of vision and delight.
"Local food represents a serious alternative to the global food model,” wrote Space10, at the time. “It reduces food miles, our pressure on the environment, and educates our children of where food actually comes from.”
For owners, the Growroom is an oasis in a concrete jungle.
Photo: Alona Vibe.
"On the basis of a spatial experimentation with the urban farming concept, we strive towards creating architecture where atmosphere...acts as the primary design factor, to generate poetic spaces with a sense of tranquility," said Lindholm.
Taking up much less space than traditional farming, the Growroom can be placed in a public space or courtyard, eliminating transport of food from farm to consumer.
Measuring about nine feet tall, with an interior of about 9 feet by 8 feet, the Growroom is made of plywood. Overlapping slices that allow each section of vegetation to receive light and water.
The original version of The Growroom sparked huge interest with people requesting to either buy or exhibit it.
But shipping dozens of Growroom across the globe doesn't make much sense, if you’re aiming for sustainability, so the plans are now open source.
You’ll need a CNC milling machine or laser cutter, sheets of plywood, a rubber hammer and 500 stainless steel screws. Then, it's just 17 steps to your own Growroom, with text instructions accompanying the images so that - some say - it’s easier to put together than a Hemnes wardrobe. Tempting.