GrowMore - helping cities to go green

GrowMore is an urban gardening modular design that enhances people’s awareness of local production and offers ‘pause architecture’ in fast-paced urban environments, for people to produce their food locally.

Danish Architects Sine Lindholm and Mads-Ulrik Husum’s GrowMore is representing an ideology that emphasises sharing culture, local production and maker-movement which is starting to challenge the way people think about products, design and architecture.

“GrowMore is an urban gardening modular system, consisting of very few elements, that makes it possible to freestyle and build in any given context,” explains Architect, Sine Lindholm – half of the GrowMore design duo.


“The vertical and horizontal construction components are connected by a pivotal joint. This joint allows all the elements to rotate; thereby making it possible to create endless 3D-shaped designs from the same components.”


The modular system
Consisting of only six elements, GrowMore provides the opportunity to build endless shapes for an urban farm in any given context. GrowMore is introducing a construction principle, challenging the easiness of production and flexibility of the construction while minimising the wastage of materials to a minimum. The elements in the modular system are flexible and can be assembled in many different ways, which makes it possible to create a personal structure that fits perfectly into a specific context.

In the fast-paced city scene, GrowMore is offering an oasis, or ‘pause’-architecture, that should be used as a human recharger. When the structures are placed in urban scenery, as small nests, they not only provide a platform for social meetings and growth of vegetation, but also act as retreats to remind us to take a break and connect with nature.


“Architecture does not have to be so static; mass media is a good example of this. We want to create architecture on a human level, that is easy to understand and gives a possibility for the user to be creative and playful and to create their own personal version,” says Sine.

The building system is characterised by its rounded rectangular slats, giving the structure a transparency concerning the way the plants are growing, the applied watering system and how this farm lab is working.


Three exhibition designs
The three installations are designed to represent three different experiences in nature.

“The three structures exhibited in Seoul are placed around in the urban scene where they not only provide a platform for social meetings and growth of vegetation, but also act as, what we call, human rechargers. The three installations are designed to replicate three different experiences and scenarios in nature, to create the best prerequisite for the visitor to connect with nature,” explains Mads-Ulrik.

The structure evokes the feeling of standing underneath a big tree, while the clearing suggests the feeling of finding a shady opening that embraces the visitor and, lastly, the forest reflects walking through a bushy, narrow path.

Husum & Lindholm develops ideas from the ideology of sharing culture and thereby works with the concept of open-source design. The practice wants to create architecture that is available, accessible and understandable for everyone.

On the basis of a spatial experimentation with the concept of fabrication possibilities, the practice strives towards creating architecture where atmosphere and sensuousness act as the primary design factors to generate poetic spaces where a symbiotic relationship with vegetation arises.



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