Backyard cabin Sicilia and IKEA Growroom illustrates tomorrow’s sustainable future, insider views

Our backyard cabin Sicilia and IKEA’s critically-acclaimed Growroom were built by our outstanding Custom Creations team (builders for Sydney, Central Coast and the Hunter) under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sicilia studio was set up as a restaurant with the spherical urban garden providing fresh produce for IKEA Shared Dining Experience. Through this unique presentation, IKEA shared with us a glimpse of tomorrow’s sustainable ‘co-living’ community which coincided with the release of IKEA’s People and Planet Positive 2017 report.

Backyad Cabin Sicilia and Growroom
Scandinavian cabin Sicilia and Growroom set up for IKEA Shared Dining Experience, built by Custom Creations

Remi Buika and Lina Urbona from YZY kit homes brought some insider views on the event to share with our readers, FB fans and followers and all the builders teams of backyard cabins and granny flats across Australia. Good things must be shared and you can help us spread the word of ideas for future sustainable living.

“What a great educating event it was about sustainable future while sharing delicious responsibly sourced food with lovely people we just met – truly unforgettable experience”

says Remi Buika, YZY kit homes after experiencing IKEA Shared dining session.

Before the meals were served, Kate Ringvall, Sustainability Manager/IKEA Australia shared key findings from the report with the dinners. The report reveals eye-opening statistics about enormous population growth from 24-25 million today to over 70 million in the next hundred years. This means our living space will get smaller, we’ll become co-living and sharing communities. Despite our population expected to almost double in the next 50 years, only 51 % don’t see these changes happening within our lifetime. Also, barely 1/3 of locals believe that we as a population will be ready for the big changes affecting the way we live, commute and eat.

Sicilia backyard cabin and IKEA sustainability report
Kate Ringvall, Sustainability Manager/IKEA Australia shared key findings from the report with the dinners

“Thanks to IKEA for this experience, now I believe that people just need to open their minds and start building cities we’ll live comfortably in the near future” – said Remi. “After this pleasant experience, Co-living and sharing does not terrify me at all, on the contrary, it feels great sharing local produce with close-knit community.”

Inside Sicilia backyard cabin IKEA shared dining experience

What was on the menu?

There were four freshly prepared meals by the chef and served by IKEA team. For the main, there were responsibly sourced grilled salmon fillets, potato salad and meat balls with mushrooms and all with freshly picked herbs and edible flowers right from the Growroom. For desert there were crepes with mascarpone cheese, jams served and they were light and delicious.

Inside Backyard Cabin Sicilia by Harbour Bridge Sydney
10 Seater Dining table inside Sicilia backyard cabin
Dining table inside Sicilia studio
Dining table inside Sicilia backyard studio

Would like this Scandinavian style cabin built in your backyard? Call Martin 0456 640 543 if you are from Sydney, Central Coast or the Hunter area, or contact your nearest dealer if you live in other parts of Australia.

Other resources:

Space10 – IKEA’s future living lab in Copenhagen:

 DIY Growroom: design drawings, step-by-step diagrams and instructions, open source: