IKEA has done it again by creating a product that could feed a neighborhood, and is providing free instructions and blueprints!
Most people are familiar with IKEA, and have likely put together IKEA furniture at one time or another. Want a bigger challenge?
IKEA lab, Space 10, creates amazing designs to meet specific needs for everyday people. They have now offered up free plans for The Growroom, which is a garden with the potential to feed a typical neighborhood! The multi-tiered sphere provides gardening space that is sustainable and IKEA is hoping to encourage local growers and the sustainability movement:
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 challenge is that traditional farming takes up a lot of space and space is a scarce resource in our urban environments.
The Growroom …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.
Sine Lindholm and Mads-Ulrik Husem are the Space 10 designers and architects that are behind the Growroom.
The plans are architect-designed, complete with 17 step by step directions. You simply need to acquire plywood, rubber hammers, metal screws, the use of a community workshop and the time and energy to put the project together.
The Growroom was designed for city dwellers, to be assembled in a neighborhood garden and to provide for the people of the area. However, you can certainly put one in your own backyard. You don’t get a pack like other IKEA products, instead you download the files, which will help you to make the correctly sized plywood parts. Some people choose to use a workshop for professional cutting of the plywood. From there, you simply put it together with the online free instructions!