As part of Toro Whakaara, Objectspace’s courtyard will transform into a garden, to consider how urban spaces can better serve residents and activate greater understanding of our impact on the whenua.

The centre-point of the garden will be The Growroom, an open-source, spherical garden that enables people to grow food locally and sustainably. Designed by SPACE10 in collaboration with architects Sine Lindholm and Mads-Ulrik Husum, The Growroom is for city environments with a small spatial footprint to grow vertically.

Over the course of the week, the garden will catalyse conversations, workshops and lectures from community garden and urban planning experts.

Be the first to visit the garden on Tuesday 15 February and receive seeds to start your own edible garden at home.

The urban garden will be onsite from Tuesday 15 — Sunday 20 February and following will be donated to a local community garden.

As per Covid-19 protocols, attendees will need to scan in for contact tracing, present a Vaccine Pass and wear a mask while in the gallery.

Find out more and register for the events taking place as part of the Toro Whakaara Urban Garden Festival:

Launch: The Night School, 6pm—8pm, Tuesday 15 February

Ockham Lecture: Māori Narratives and Urban Visibility, 6pm—7pm, Wednesday 16 February

Courtyard Party: Toro Whakaara Closing Celebration, 6pm—8pm, Friday 18 February

Walking Tour: Public Facilities with Raphaela Rose and Gina Hochstein, 11am—12.30pm, Saturday 29 February

Workshop: Composting Basics, 1.30pm—3pm, Saturday 29 February

Coffee & Croissants: Ngahuia Harrison, 10.30am—12pm, Sunday 20 February


  • Tue 15 Feb — Sun 20 Feb


  • 13 Rose Road
  • Ponsonby
  • Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, 1021