The Danish architects Sine Lindholm and Mads-Ulrik Husum designed the pavilion Growroom, first time exhibited at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 2016, to house the innovation lab Space10. It was the winning pavilion design in the Urban Farming category for this years Chart Art Fair. Husum Lindholm work with atmosphere and sensuousness as the main design factors. And based on a spatial experimentation with the Urban Farming concept, they strive towards creating poetical spaces with a sense of tranquillity.
There has never been a greater focus on how we produce our food, treat our environment and share our economy, like there is today. In a city scale the Growroom is marking this focus and enhances our awareness by offering a different kind of ‘oasis’ or ‘pause’-architecture in the high paced societal scenery. The pavilion offers a transparency in the growth of vegetation, and points in a direction of expanding contemporary and shared architecture. Growing Sphere expands the opportunities of use-, sensuous- and visual-potentials of the urban farming ideology, by making it spatial and including as a part of the floating cityscape and by inviting the visitor into an intimate world where only the visitor and vegetation co-exist - for a moment.
Design considerations The pavilion, built as a sphere, invokes the idea of a vibrant cosmos – a green globe. The visitor shares the same seat as the plants; in this sense people and vegetation are equal and coexist in the same cycle. A sphere is in its essence a sheltering form, leading the thoughts towards the state of an embryo. By working with the shape of a sphere in designing a pavilion, it becomes an inviting space activator, able to stand freely in any context. The horizontal division of the pavilion emphasizes the life and growth of plants. The overlapping slices ensure that water and light can reach the vegetation on each level, without reaching the visitor within. Hereby coexistence is created, as the pavilion functions as a growth activator for the vegetation and shelter for the visitor.
At the moment Husum Lindholm works together with Space10 on creating an open source edition of the urban farm pavilion. They want to participate in, and enhance the shared economy- and local production movement. By publishing an open source edition, it will be available for everyone to download and easy to assemble, and creates the possibility for it to pop up around the world, as a physical element in that discussion.