Growroom is a living installation that demonstrates the revivifying power of plants in the home.
The spherical design – conceived by future-living lab Space10 in collaboration with architects Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm – integrates vegetables, herbs and plants into its walls.
‘We envision a future where we grow much more food inside our cities,’ says Carla Cammilla Hjort, director of Copenhagen-based Space10. ‘Food-producing architecture could enable us to do so.’
Visitors to Chart Art Fair and Vice’s Munchies Festival – where the Growroom debuted – were invited to step inside the pavilion and smell the plants and vegetables flourishing in the tiered wooden boxes. Sliced shelves provide access to sunlight and protection from more extreme conditions, while inside the convivial atmosphere is enhanced by warm lighting and a simple bench.
‘Hopefully it will spark passion about growing your own food in the future,’ adds Cammilla Hjort.
The structure uses new technologies such as hydroponic systems, artificial lights and computerised automation, to demonstrate how urban farming could help city communities become self-sustaining.
Architecture and agriculture operate hand-in-hand in the Growroom, which explores the practicalities of farming, its aesthetic appeal and potential impact on wellbeing.
It echoes the theories of pioneering biologist EO Wilson, who coined the term ‘biophilia’ in 1984, referring to a human urge to affiliate with other life forms. Said Wilson: ‘Because of the way humans evolved, we are happiest and most productive when in regular and direct contact with nature.’