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Brief Published: 15 Mar 2017

The Growroom: Ikea's Urban Garden

The Growroom

Ikea's Copenhagen-based innovation lab Space10 has designed a garden structure called The Growroom that lets city dwellers with no outside space cultivate plants and grow food in their homes.

Space10 originally launched a prototype of the urban garden in Copenhagen, but published the building instructions for free online in February following requests from all over the world to buy the structure. The Swedish homeware giant's innovation lab decided to open-source The Growroom as shipping instructions and materials across the globe didn't align with its goal to promote local, sustainable farming.

Along with offering a way to produce food locally and sustainably, the spherical planter has a walk-in area with a bench in the centre where people can sit and recharge among the plants. Designed by architects Sine Lindholm and Mads-Ulrik Husum, the structure has already been used in Helsinki, Taipei, Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco.

All that's needed to build the structure is 17 sheets of plywood, a hammer and a laser cutter. The DIY aspect is likely to appeal to the growing tribe of homebodies, who delight in making, modifying and assembling things for their living spaces.

To boost wellbeing and escape tech overwhelm, more people are surrounding themselves with plants and spending more time gardening than ever before – especially millennials (aged 23 to 36). The US indoor gardening industry has grown by 8% since 2010, reaching almost $1bn in 2015 (Garden Media, 2016).

For more on the products and services satisfying busy urbanites' nature cravings and supporting fuss-free greenery in the home, see Nature Embracers.