The brief for our final major project was to adapt and reuse the listed Silo D building located in the Royal Docks, We had to come up with a worthwhile use that incorporates a circular activity.
The Ikea Silo is a space to explore the future of furniture and challenge the notion that affordable furniture is disposable. The project is inspired by the recent efforts by Ikea to become a circular brand such as partnering with Ellen MacArthur and funding Space10 a sustainable design research lab.
The workshops provide a space for designers, students and the community to collaborate and learn. The donation room and swap shelf allow all members of the community to have access to furniture that may otherwise end up in landfill. The archive allows those in the community and beyond to access spare parts and fix up their existing furniture instead of replacing the entire product and creating further demand for new furniture that is not sustainable.