- Sustainable Architecture
- The Growroom by SPACE10, open source design.
Do you want to grow your own vegetables but don't have a garden at your disposal? No problem, SPACE10, the Copenhagen-based design studio that worked with IKEA on some of their sustainable furniture ranges has now created The Growroom, the first do-it-yourself kitchen garden that combines a practical vertical garden with the beauty of a small green pavilion to retreat into.
SPACE10 contacted architects Sine Lindholm and Mads-Ulrik Husum for the creation of The Growroom, a habitable, spherical construction with a wooden frame. Right from the outset, it was attractive to look at and of course really easy to build. But a question soon arose: what's the point of making a useful, sustainable object that enables people to grow their own food, when you need to transport it to users spread across the planet, with a considerable impact on the environment due to transport etc.?
The response of SPACE10 was to make the design plan to build The Growroom available to everyone, using the open source formula. In other words, the studio's site now has detailed building instructions - IKEA style - not just to build the pavilion frame, but also the cutting files to create the different components. Armed with all of this, you just need to go to your local do-it-yourself retailer or your carpenter of choice to get everything cut to measure using the latest digital technology.
This makes The Growroom an idea that goes beyond just growing vegetables in the city, or in any case without needing a suitable plot of land. Indeed, the creative team from SPACE10 prove that real sustainability also lies in the conscious, open source approach to the design process.
Are you still buying your vegies at the supermarket or are you already heading off to the carpenter to build your own Growroom?
Images: Courtesy of SPACE10 - Alona Vibe - Niklas Adrian Vindelev - Rasmus_Hjortshøj