Architects Create Free DIY Sustainable “Indoor Garden” For Urban Living

As giant companies go, IKEA is among the most environmentally friendly and eco-conscious.From its award-winning flatpack refugee shelter to plans to trench polystyrene for biodegradable mushroom-based packaging, genuinely Sweden, youre making us jealous.

Continuing its progressive agenda, Space1 0, an IKEA laboratory that explores sustainable answers for future urban living, has teamed up with Danish architects Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm who designed the The Growrooma spherical, multi-tiered indoor garden designed to sustainably grew enough food to feed a neighborhood to make it open source, permitting the plans to be downloaded for free.

Itis 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, Space1 0 say in the open source plan.

content-1487764811-get-started.jpg Right, let’s get started.Photo by NiklasVindelev

The hope for this urban farm pavilion is that it will spur local communities to work together, growing and sourcing food to share and feed themselves in cities where outside space is not viable. All thisin merely 17 steps, using plywood, some fingernails, a( hopefully local) wood-cutting workshop, and some workforce to set it all together.

Local food represents a serious alternative to the global food model. It reduces food miles, our pressure on the environment, and educates our children of where food actually comes from, Space1 0 continue. The challenge is that traditional farming takes up a lot of space and space is a scarce resource in our urban environments.

content-1487764863-growroom-assembly.jpg The Growroom being assembled by its architects, Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm.Photo by NiklasVindelev

When completed, the free-standing, spherical Growroom measures 2.8 by 2.5 meters( 9 by 8.2 feet ). The interlocking plywood pieces allow water and light to reach vegetation on each level, without letting either through to the inside, thus also providing shelter for a visitor. The Growroom also has a Creative Commons license, permitting people to expand on their garden and make them unique.

content-1487764958-growroom-inside.jpg Inside the Growroom. Space1 0/ Alona Vibe

Interest in the Growroom has been expressed from as far and wide as Helsinki, Rio de Janeiro, Taiwan, and San Francisco, but as Space1 0 tells: It doesnt make sense to promote local food production and then start shipping it across oceans and continents, hence their idea to make the plans free to download anywhere.

A center that provides green space, sustainable food-growing opportunities, and cool architecture? Yep, we’re sold.

content-1487765021-growroom-full.jpg The Growroom in all its glory. Space1 0/ Growroom

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