IKEA innovation lab explores microalgae for food


In Copenhagen, IKEA’s Space10 innovation lab and three young architects have built a “food-producing architecture pavilion” consisting of a microalgae-growing bioreactor.

The 4-meter high dome, displayed at Copenhagen’s recent CHART Art Fair, produced over 450 liters of microalgae during the three-day event.

“One of the areas we’re exploring is the future of food and ways to improve the food system,” Space10 tells Dezeen. “We believe that algae could provide the answer to some of the world’s biggest problems—from malnutrition to climate change.”

Space10’s bioengineer-in-residence Keenan Pinto worked with Aleksander Wadas, Rafal Wroblewski, and Anna Stempniewicz to build the dome. Space10’s chef-in-residence, Simon Perez, made spirulina crisps  for pavilion visitors.

“Ultimately, the Algae Dome aims to trigger conversations about how we can grow large amounts of nutritious food within our cities, reduce our impact on the planet, and use biology to solve some of the world’s biggest problems,” Pinto says.