Growroom was designed to spark conversations about how we can bring nature back into our cities, grow our own food and tackle the rapidly increasing demand for significantly more food in the future. | Photo by Alona Vibe


Build your garden with IKEA lab’s open-source Growroom

Urban gardeners can rejoice with Space10's green pavilions. And the plans are free!

  • October 3, 2017

  • Written by Angel Yulo

At the Space10 lab, innovators and designers worked on a pavilion that enables city dwellers to grow their own food. This freestanding urban garden called Growroom, designed by architects Sine Lindholm and Mads-Ulrik Husum, fits in a flat-pack.

Space10, IKEA’s research hub in Copenhagen, presents this as an alternative to the global food model since growing and sourcing produce locally reduces food miles and pressure on the environment.

The Growroom at CHART Art Fair 2016
The first version of the Growroom at CHART Art Fair 2016 in Copenhagen. CHART is leading Nordic contemporary art fair. | Photo by Rasmus Hjortshøj

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The first Growroom premiered at the CHART Art Fair in 2016, sparking interest and demand in cities across the world. “But it doesn’t make sense to promote local food production and then start shipping it across oceans and continents. 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,” said Space10 in their official statement.

The Growroom at Salone del Mobile 2017
The Growroom version with open-source plans at Salone del Mobile 2017. Staggered tiers allow sunlight to reach all levels of vegetation. Strip lights can also be installed, turning the pavilion into a lantern at night. | Photo by Alicia-Sjöström

The cutting files for the Growroom are available here. All you need are 17 plywood sheets, 500 pan head screws, and a visit to your local fab lab (for the CNC machine). The 5-tiered pavilion at 2.5 by 2.8 meters can be adapted to any context and modified via the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License, just as long as Space10 and architects Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm are credited.

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The Growroom at Space10
Sine Lindholm and Mads-Ulrik Husum building the Growroom at Space10. | Photo by Niklas Adrian Vindelev

 

The different pieces required for the Growroom
The different pieces required for the Growroom. Lindholm and Husum’s projects represent an ideology that emphasizes a sharing culture, local production and maker movement, challenging the way we think about design and architecture. | Photo by Niklas Adrian Vindelev

At the Seoul Architecture Biennale 2017, Husum and Lindholm presented a more flexible system called Growmore. Composed of just six parts, including a standard-sized planting box, shelves and fixings, Growmore can be configured to suit different needs and spaces.

Growmore at the Seoul Architecture Biennale, exhibit runs until 5 November 2017. Planters that can be bolted together make for a more flexible urban gardening system. | Photo by Daniel Ruiz via husumlindholm.com

The creators compare it to Lego. “You can have it indoors or outdoors, you can use it for dividing spaces, or you can use it as a quick way of building up a very airy and transparent space,” Lindholm told Dezeen. Plans for the modular system will be made available once the Seoul Biennale exhibit concludes.

A more abstract construction of Growmore. Three versions of the system are displayed at Donuimen Museum Village. | Photo by Daniel Ruiz via husumlindholm.com

Growroom and Growmore are what the designers call ‘pause’ architecture, oasis pockets in the city. “When the structures are placed around in the urban-scenery, as small nests, they not only provide a platform for social meetings and growth of vegetation, but also act as retreats to remind us to take a break and connect with nature,” they wrote. 

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