IKEA is leveling up indoor gardening.
The Swedish furniture giant is known for its flat-pack everything, from side tables to entire kitchens.
Now the members of their innovation and future living lab SPACE10 have set out to find a solution for gardening in cities, where space is famously scarce and expensive.
Growroom is a spherical ‘urban farm pavilion’ measuring just 2.8 x 2.5 meters ( 9.18 x 8.2 feet), intended to allow people to grow their own food in the comfort of their home.
It grows plants vertically, rather than spreading them out horizontally, and 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 it’s no wasted space, either, because you can actually sit inside the garden and watch your plants grow, do some work or just daydream.
Growroom’s structure and overlapping slices ensure every level gets water and light, without reaching your perch inside the sphere.
By bringing nature into our homes, SPACE10 says it actively helps connect with nature by allowing people to grow their own food.
In short, the team designed the perfect garden for millenials who won’t ever be able to afford buying their own house or apartment.
There’s only one catch: Growroom is an open-source DIY project, so you have to build it yourself.
And although the famous Swede is parent to the project, it’s not a ‘pop into IKEA and get the necessary parts’ job.
Growroom is an open-source project: the cutting files are online and free to download for all.
Instead of flat-pack everything, you’ll need to buy 17 sheets of plywood and get them cut to the right measure by someone with access to a CNC milling machine.
You’ll also need 500 stainless pan head screws (3.5mm x 30 mm), a screwdriver, a drill and two rubber hammers – and you’re good to go.
In theory, you don’t even need hammers, but can do with any object hard enough to knock chisels in place.
Just don’t forget to treat the plywood before adding soil or plants, so it’ll keep for a long time.