This Green Kitchen Has Room to Grow
September 10, 2009 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
If you can handle worms in your kitchen, then Studio Gorm’s Flow Kitchen might appeal to you. It’s a living kitchen where nature and technology are integrated in a symbiotic relationship, processes flow into one another in a natural cycle, efficiently utilizing energy, waste, water and other natural resources. It provides a space not only for preparing food but an environment that offers a better understanding of how natural processes work. Flow is a kitchen where food is grown, stored, cooked and composted to grow more food.
The Flow’s products can be used independently but are far more effective when they work in concert as part of the larger system. Individual objects are relatively uncomplicated, acting as simple vehicles for the more complex natural processes to do their work.
Water from the dish rack drips on the herbs and edible plants, which are grown in the planter boxes places below the rack.
The counter top features a built in waste bowl, which can be utilized to dump the scraps while preparing the food. Once the bowl is full, it needs only to be tipped to transfer the waste into the worm bin composter, which lies beneath the counter top.
As the waste is lowered into the composter, the worms convert it into nutrient rich fertilizer, which can be put back into the plants. The cycle continues.