Build You Own Ikea ‘Growroom’
The Plans: The Growroom – a spherical garden that enables people to grow their own food locally within our cities and in a beautiful and sustainable manner
The Growroom is designed by:
Sine Lindholm, Mads-Ulrik Husum & SPACE10
The design received a lot of attention from all over the world, which is why we today release the design/cutting files and simple instructions, so people around the world can build their very own Growroom inside their own neighbourhoods.
We already know that the open source design files will be used to build The Growroom in Helsinki, Taipei, Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco, but this is just the beginning, because we hope to see The Growroom pop up in cities across the world.
This project also gives a taste of a future where products can travel as digitally stored data and be made locally on demand.
SPACE10 open sources The Growroom
By Simon Caspersen
Director of Communications
A few months back SPACE10 launched The Growroom – a spherical garden that enables people to grow their own food locally in a beautiful and sustainable manner.
The Growroom sparked excitement from Helsinki to Taipei and from Rio de Janeiro to San Francisco. People from around the world reached out to SPACE10 and requested to buy or exhibit The Growroom. But it didn’t make sense to promote local food production and then start shipping The Growroom across oceans and continents.
That is why SPACE10 now releases The Growroom as open source design and encourage people to build their own locally as a way to bring new opportunities to life.
Easy as 1, 2, 3.
Digital fabrication has made state-of-the-art factory tools accessible for ordinary people. A new generation of technologies such as 3D additive and subtractive manufacturing to laser cutting and surface-mount manufacture is available to the public in fab labs and maker spaces in any major city.
This mean most people – in theory – could produce almost anything themselves. Just as printers are now ubiquitous; local and on-demand, customised production could become the norm of the future. SPACE10 taps into this emerging potential by releasing the cutting files for the Growroom and all you then need to build it is two rubber hammers, 17 sheets of ply wood and a visit your local fab lab or maker space with a CNC milling machine. The design focus on making the assembly easy and intuitive for anyone to handle and The Growroom is produced from only one material making it accessible and affordable for most communities.
You can find instructions and the design/cutting files here.
A serious alternative to the global food model
SPACE10 envision a future, where we grow our food much more locally – inside our cities and as a natural part of people’s lives.
“We hope to see The Growroom appear in every city in the world. We believe that local food production represents a serious alternative to the global food model. Local food 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,” says Simon Caspersen, Director of Communications at SPACE10
SPACE10 want to exhibit the different versions of The Growroom from around the world, so please give SPACE10 a nudge on Instagram: @space10_journal + #SPACE10Growroom if you build your own Growroom or sent them email on firstname.lastname@example.org.