The IKEA model room has become “green”, and it is said that this is your “home of tomorrow”

Last summer, in a 120-year-old abandoned building in Szczecin, Poland, IKEA launched an interesting green space "Home of Tomorrow". It shows the public an innovative urban lifestyle-how to live more sustainably in a waste-free environment.

Although this pop-up store is now closed and will be transformed into a "Scandinavian House" in the near future, its concept as a renewable residence is not outdated.

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Stepping into the "Tomorrow's House", your first impression should be: "A lot of plants!" The ground, walls, ceiling, and even a chair in the corner are covered with green. Other furniture and decorations are mostly simple and clean wood color and white.

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In addition to viewing green plants, you can do these things here: learn about the new functions of indoor plants; discover new ways to dispose of waste; be illuminated by sunlight-like lights; try zero-waste food… These functions are implemented by different areas.

In the handicraft area, various tools for repairing and refitting household appliances are at your disposal. Carpenters and designers are responsible for helping visitors learn to repair dilapidated furniture and give them a second life.

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In the leisure area, Home Sun (a lighting device that imitates sunlight) is responsible for lighting, which will help you relax; another lighting device is the Trådfri smart lighting system. Trådfri means "wireless" in Swedish, and you can use remote control Experience how light intensity and color temperature affect the surrounding environment.

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In the planting area, IKEA grows a variety of edible algae, fungi and other crops in a soilless family farm. This is also the core place of Tomorrow’s House, which showcases a sustainable urban agriculture solution, through hydroponics and aeroculture, to grow and harvest food indoors where there is no sunlight or soil.

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In September 2017, the IKEA Innovation Laboratory "Space 10" has already demonstrated the experimental indoor farm "LOKAL", which uses artificial light sources and computer automation technology to supplement plants with necessary water, minerals and oxygen. Compared with field planting, this method can speed up plant growth four to five times and save water by about 95% .

The official website of "Tomorrow's Home" also has a variety of home planting manuals for downloading, including mini gardens, fish and vegetable farms, spirulina farms, and aeroponic farms.

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In the kitchen, visitors can learn how to use ingredients grown on family farms to make "zero waste" food, and how to use food waste such as coffee grounds in mushroom farms or make candles and cosmetics.

▲ Utilization of coffee grounds. Picture from: IKEA

The indoor farm essentially provides more possibilities for the food and vegetables you eat, but you are not sure whether you will like their taste. IKEA has distributed more than 2,000 salads made from hydroponic vegetables at the London Design Festival, paired with salad dressings made with spirulina. They surveyed 100 people on the taste of the food, and 90 of them said the salad was "delicious."

In addition, when decorating the "Home of Tomorrow", IKEA completely uses environmentally friendly and sustainable materials, including solid wood, formaldehyde-free plywood, glass and recyclable plastics. Almost all of the components and materials can be reused and recycled.

▲ Picture from: Click & Grow

Why build a home for tomorrow? A study conducted by IKEA estimates that by 2050, 70% of the world’s population will live in cities or urban areas, which will inevitably aggravate existing climate problems and waste disposal problems; Click & Grow, a smart indoor garden design company, puts forward, 35% of the urban population is experiencing high levels of anxiety, and bridging the gap between modern life and nature is crucial.

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Therefore, IKEA hopes to alleviate these problems through a sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle:

We eat, rest, play and study at home. This is where our habits are formed, but the facts don’t stop there. Our home has a huge impact on the world around us. This is why the home of tomorrow is created-to inspire change and shape new habits, habits that have a positive impact on our planet. All this is to allow the next generation to embrace a green future.

▲ Reference materials:

(1) Home of Tomorrow's official website: https://homeoftomorrow.online/
(2) https://luxe.co/post/182702

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