Cafe Greenhouse: the Future of Sustainable Eating Out

Fresh fruit salad with iced toffee
Fresh fruit salad with iced toffee | Source
Wild Strawberries in terracotta pots
Wild Strawberries in terracotta pots | Source
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Water saving features
Water saving features | Source
Hand painted murals
Hand painted murals | Source

Unique Design

The 'Greenhouse Cafe' concept is a pop up design installation and completely waste free cafe that showcases sustainable living in it's purest form. Designed with Echo friendly principles it demonstrates that sustainable eating out is possible in an urban environment and can be done by choosing ethical, organic and sustainable materials.

The cafe a fresh innovative project is built using only recycled materials; everything from the walls to the lights, the straw bales used for insulation, from the tables and chairs to the bowls and plates that people eat from are made from recycled materials. And the interesting thing here is that all waste is recycled as well; using a worm farm for discarded scraps; all water is collected from tanks attached to the building; herbs and vegetables that supply the menu are grown on the roof top of the building; and a generator is used that reuses cooking oil to create their own source of energy.

Giving diners the opportunity to be more aware of the choices that food can make on the environment, all produce used on the menu is organically grown and sourced seasonally and wholefoods are used to make menu staples like bread, pastries, pizza, butter and yoghurt.

The Concept

Designed by artist Joost Baker originally to showcase the idea that using natural,ethical and sustainable materials is better for the environment the first pop up cafe was assembled in Melbourne's Federation Square to highlight this possibility to the public. Following this the first permanent cafe in Perth was built and still remains and is a popular destination for tourists and the city's environmentally conscious.

in 2011 funded by the New South Wales government in conjunction with the Sydney Foreshore Authority's commitment to Green the city's Foreshore Joost was invited to showcase the concept in Sydney in the idyllic Darling Harbor / Rocks precinct. Purposely built to easily dismantle, the cafe was experimentally erected at Cambell's Cove between the spectacular Sydney Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera house in just two weeks and was open to the public for approximately eight weeks serving approximately 1000 diners per day. Attracting tens of thousands of visitors and world wide media coverage the cafe was deemed a success to many and highlighted the state of N.S.W as a leader in sustainable design.

And so the Greenhouse concept began as an idea to create a sustainable approach to eating out which doesn't harm the environment and to share that with people to help them understand how fresh food and natural produce straight from the garden to the plate can be grown and utilized in a dining out experience and that the design and construction of a building can be completely safe and useful for the environment.

Some of the Greenhouses more Standout Concepts

The Building

  • Three prefabricated shipping containers are the transportable elements of the building
  • Designed to be easily erected and transported.
  • The structure is not dependent on the city's water and power supplies as it uses it's own generator.
  • All aspects of the design process was considered carefully first for it's practicality and the use of recycled materials then for it's ascetics and affordability.

The Food

  • All food and wine comes in returnable crates and containers
  • Fresh herbs and vegetables are grown on the buildings rooftop
  • All the cafe's fresh ingredients are seasonal and are sourced locally
  • Wheat for bread and Pizza's is ground on site
  • They make their own tonic water

The Look

Set in a trendy and fun environment, the cafe is distinct with hundreds of terracotta pots filled with wild strawberries lining the exterior of the walls adding to the overall green aesthetics. The vibe of the interior is both relaxed and inspiring with beeswax candles for lighting, rustic recycled comfortable tables and chairs and hand painted murals and artwork on the walls. The toilets are hand basin and toilet bowl combined to save on water and recycled unbleached paper towel is used.

The cafe has since been dismantled and packed up and transported on a world tour to showcase it's viability.

With it's unique design Cafe Greenhouse is sure to impress environmentalists world wide in their quest for a sustainable future.

Greenhouse

100 St. Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000

Related Websites

Greenhouse by Joost Sydney Feb 2011

Joost Bakker’s Website

http://joost.com.au

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Interesting ideas and very ahhmazing, right? The fresh fruit salad is very tempting.


Harry 4 years ago

I love this concept and would like to build a house just like it!

Harry


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thank you for your comment Harry...I'm glad you enjoyed my hub on this innovative concept...This sustainable cafe is inspirational in so many ways isn't it!! and yes to build a house made on the same echo principles with all recyclable and sustainable materials would be a dream...wouldn't it...cheers


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thanks for dropping by and commenting unknown spy...I love everything about this innovative cafe concept and...the food is great...especially the fruit salad...cheers


Arwen grey 4 years ago

That fruit salad looks delicious! Can you tell me if the iced toffee is cold or hot? Also did it have a flavor? Sustainable is the way to go....the food is less processed and contains more nutrients! Loving the murals too!


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thank you for dropping by Arwen Grey...that's a pretty name you have there...and so glad you enjoyed my hub...yes the toffee was clear, ice cold and tasted like pinneaple ( I don't know how they did it, I thought it was frozen ice at first but it snapped like toffee!!) and the fruit was so delicious the organic taste is so much better...cheers


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BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Wow. Breathtaking. Fascinating idea. Amazing!


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thanks for your comment BeyondMax... I loved the cafe when I visited, so unique and such a compelling argument for the future of eating out yeah??


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

This cafe greenhouse is absolutely brilliant and very inspiring. It's incredible how much can done when these kinds of actions are taken to be more green. Beautiful hub carter06. Voted up, interesting, useful, and awesome :)


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thanks so much for your comment OC and votes:)...so glad you found this one as it means a lot to me...it really inspires me when people work hard to green it up & just had to write this one...have a great day, cheers


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

what a wonderful idea.. Have you eaten there? I would love to visit.. sharing

Debbie


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Hi Debbie...thanks so much for dropping by & yes I was lucky enough to eat in the cafe - most amazing experience & very delicious food - such an innovative idea...cheers


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MargaritaEden 4 years ago from Oregon

Wow, this is very cool! I had no idea about this place, very interesting! Sharing your hub.


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Hi Margarita, thanks so much for dropping by & sharing about the cafe... unfortunately I live too far away from the only permanent one to eat there:( but it may pop up again in Sydney when it comes back from touring around the world...I love the sustainability idea...cheers


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Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

Very interesting hub.


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thank you Glimmer Twin Fan...glad you found it interesting!


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donnah75 4 years ago from Upstate New York

This is an interesting concept. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and sharing.


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thank you donna75 for your comments & votes...I was really excited when I was fortunate enough to visit the cafe in Perth last year...I really hope we will get a permanent one in Sydney instead of the occasional pop up...cheers


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

I love the concept of recyclable everything and the construction using natural materials. This would be a wonderful place to tour and try that yummy looking salad. I started composting in the past couple of years and am still amazed at the rich soil that it produces. Plus it reduces the amount of garbage to the curb. Thanks for an interesting hub.


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Me to Peg just love the forward thinking here...hope it catches on and sustainable eating becomes the norm...thanks for dropping by...cheers


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

This is so cool; if you don't mind I'm going to post this hub on my Living Simple blog....wonderful hub and this place is fascinating. Thank you Carter!


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Oh thanks so much Billy for stopping by, am so glad you enjoyed reading this one, it is such a great concept and one that advocates simple living at it's heart & I'm am very happy for you to put this on your blog...that would be very cool...cheers


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Hi Mary,

I love this hub and the concept is great! I love anything to do with sustainable, green, and healthy living. We need to do all we can to live healthier, using natural materials. Thank you my friend,

Love,

Sunnie


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Oh! thanks for dropping by Sunnie, know how busy you are & really appreciate it...so glad you liked this one, I loved my time at the permanent cafe in Perth, it had a real exciting buzz about it & is such a great concept... it was just such an eye opener for me...I just love it when people are trying new & unique ways to go green...cheers


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

What a unique and fascinating restaurants! I like that even the worms benefit from discarded scraps. : ) I hope to have the chance to visit it or another place like it someday. Thanks!


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carter06 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thank's for your comments Vespawoolf...its a fantastic concept that I hope continues to grow around the globe...cheers


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billips 3 years ago from Central Texas

What a great place - looking at the food is making me hungry and looking at the facility itself makes me wonder why there are not more places like this - what a wonderful use and reuse of resources - a very nice Hub - B.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

How cool! I hope that more places follow their lead. This is awesome! Voted up and everything but funny! :-)


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carter06 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Hi billips..thank you very much for your comment..so sorry somehow I missed your comment a couple of months ago and just getting back to you now.. only wish there were more of these type cafes to enjoy too..cheers


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carter06 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Hi Vic, thanks for the votes and dropping by..it's a pretty cool idea right!!


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ChristinS 3 years ago from Midwest

Oh, this is SO cool. I wish we had something like this where I am. I love the idea of growing the fresh foods on site on the roof and how everything is SO fresh. I imagine the food is amazing. Here in the states most people are completely unaware of how damaging to the environment and our health our huge agri farming is. We grow our own heirloom, organic garden every summer and there's nothing like the satisfaction in it - or the taste of real food for that matter!


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carter06 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thanks for dropping by Christin..the 'Greenhouse is such a fantastic idea isn't it!! & how cool that you grow your own..for sure nothing beats that taste..cheers


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Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Carter06... At one time I felt it important to eat and eat a great deal. Now life is much simpler... smiles...

I can function far better on less and find experimenting in the kitchen fun... Love this hub and the great ideas...

Hugs and Blessings from Canada


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Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

I've never heard of this concept but I love it. It would be a perfect fit for the town where I live. And that fruit salad looks divine! Voting up and sharing and pinning.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Very interesting and thanks for sharing. Voted up for sure and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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carter06 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Hi Crystal, it's a pretty awesome concept for sure! I really love that everything is recycled & the use of organic materials is fab..thanks for dropping by..cheers


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carter06 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Hi Eddy thanks for dropping by! I found this concept so interesting & loved eating there,so fresh & inviting! Cheers

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