IKEA Helps Grow Your Own Food?

You can now grow food for your family or community in just a small well constructed space.  Introducing The Growroom.  More of this please!

The design for The Growroom, an urban farm pavilion that looks into how cities can feed themselves through food producing architecture, is now open source and available for anyone to use.

This easily-constructed (that’s what they always say) new IKEA product could feed dozens of people in your very own neighborhood.  You won’t actually find it in stores but the blueprints are available for download free of charge for you to build your own in just 17 “simple” steps.

The Grow Room is an urban structure designed by architects Sine Lindholm and Mads-Ulrik Husumto at Space 10 – an IKEA idea lab based on coming up with innovative, groundbreaking solutions for the future. It was originally designed as part of the Chart Architecture competition and designers hope it will encourage people to engage in growing their own food in sustainable, natural ways. Not to mention that the Grow Room brings the food of a farm to a city by taking up only a small fraction of the space.

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. The result on the dining table is just as fascinating. We could produce food of the highest quality that tastes better, is much more nutritional, fresh, organic and healthy.

The challenge is that traditional farming take up a lot of space and space is a scarce resource in our urban environments.

The Growroom is designed for cities and with it’s size, 2,8 x 2,5 meter, it has a small spatial footprint as you grow vertically. 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.


Are you up for the task?