IKEA’s Space10 Releases Open Source Design Plans for “The Growroom” Vertical Garden

Swedish furniture maker IKEA has launched open-source design plans for an innovation vertical gardening structure. The goal of the project was to create a large, simple, spherical structure for locally-grown food. At the same time, they hoped this project would spur dialog on matters involving green living, green construction, local agriculture, and sustainability in general.

IKEA’s external innovation hub and design partner, Space10, launched “The Growroom” vertical garden in October 2016. Soon after, interested people from around the globe contacted the company to find out how they could get their hands on a model of their own.

Alas, IKEA decided that shipping the components to build this massive grow space did not align with the organization’s intent to promote sustainable and local agriculture. However, IKEA – and their Danish partners at Space10 – have been gracious enough to release The Growroom design plans as open source documents for all to access freely.

“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,” commented Space10. “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.”

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They further described The Growroom as “a future-living lab on a mission to design a better and more sustainable way of living” and “a spherical garden [that] empowers people to grow their own food much more locally in a beautiful and sustainable way.”

Designers focused on creating a model that was could be assembled as easily and intuitively as possible. The Growroom is constructed using just 17 sheets of plywood, a CNC milling machine, and a hammer. Wood is the only material used to build the structure.

Space10 designed IKEA’s The Growroom to be used as a neighborhood garden. The 2.8 x 2.5-meter enclosure requires little ground space, and allows gardeners to grow their crops vertically. Overlapping tiers ensure water and light reaches each level of the garden space.

“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. The pavilion, built as a sphere, can stand freely in any context and points in a direction of expanding contemporary and shared architecture.”

You can download the open source design plans here: https://github.com/space10-community/the-growroom.

We praise Space10 and IKEA for making these plans free to use, and for making the world a little bit greener!

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image by: Niklas Vindelev