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Photo: Alona Vibe/Space10

If you thought building IKEA furniture was difficult, just wait until you see the plans for their urban farm pavilion, known as The Growroom.

In an effort to promote local food production, IKEA’s external innovation lab Space10 partnered with architects Sine Lindholm and Mads-Ulrik Husum to create a futuristic vertical garden.

Launched in October 2016, The Growroom is a tall, spherical structure with numerous tiers of open-back shelves, allowing for optimal light and water to reach every level of vegetation.

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Photo:Rasmus Hjortshøj/Space10

This week, Space10 released the building instructions for The Growroom on their open source platform. The plans can be accessed online for free, allowing anyone to create their own urban garden. IKEA decided to put the instructions online as shipping The Growroom to consumers worldwide doesn’t align with their goal of promoting local food production.

A challenge with traditional farming is the large amount of space required to grow food — especially in urban communities, where finding a plot of land for gardening can be difficult. The Growroom has a small spatial footprint (2.8 by 2.5 meters) and can stand freely, making it an ideal design for people living in the city.

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Photo: Niklas Vindelev/Space10

To make the three-dimensional DIY garden, all you’ll needed is a hammer, 17 sheets of plywood, some metal screws and a CNC milling machine. While it might look complex, the design of the garden is intended to make assembly as easy and intuitive as possible. The instructions include step-by-step diagrams and directions, just like any other piece of self-assembly furniture from IKEA.

Think you’re up for the challenge? For instructions on how to build your own “Growroom” click here.

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Photo: Niklas Vindelev/Space10

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