Made from shipping containers, straw bales and old beer bottles among other things, this ingenious transportable restaurant is something of a recyclability road show. It is easily and cleanly assembled and dismantled, reducing energy and financial costs.
It’s even been called the “greenest building on earth”. Evolving over a few years, this building system and design philosophy has become a highly successful commercial demonstration of better building practices.
The Greenhouse is about designing and operating better places for people, places that let us touch natural materials, understand where everyday things come from and taste fresh food straight from the garden.
Designers, engineers, builders, scientists, farmers, chefs and others are among those whose knowledge and advice have gone into every aspect of creating the Greenhouse, from the lighting, to the menu, to the fresh baked bread and the worm farm.
The project aims to harness the growing understanding of the human footprint to offer alternative solutions that tread a fine balance between functionality, sustainability and beauty.
All the features are carefully considered first for their practicality, recyclability, life cycle and embodied energy and then for their aesthetics and cost.
By putting each decision through this rigorous process, it is hoped that the Greenhouse can provide information and examples to builders, designers, restaurateurs and the public, regarding their daily choices of materials, ingredients, and practices.
Nobody ever convinced anyone of anything by shouting it at them. We hope that we can quietly share some of what we have learned, and let the results speak for themselves.
• 2011 PCA Best Sustainable Development in Australia – New Buildings, Baulderstone Award
• PCA NSW Development of the Year Award, Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Award
• 2010 Development of the Year, Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards
• 2010 The Australian Property Institute NSW Excellence in Property Awards, Dexus Property Group Environmental Development Award
• 2010 Master Builders Association NSW, Excellence in Energy Efficiency Award
• 2010 Master Builders Association NSW, Award for The Best Use of Glass
Among other places around Australia and the world, Greenhouse has popped up in:
By invitation of the NSW Government’s Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Greenhouse By Joost was erected at the coveted location of Sydney Harbour in February of this year for a six week period.
In 2009, Joost was commissioned by ISPT to create a permanent Greenhouse restaurant in the central business district in Perth, Western Australia. Nested in the base of a 40 storey office tower, the Greenhouse demonstrates how a productive rooftop garden can thrive, creating a micro-climate and attracting birds and bees into the unlikely urban setting.
In 2008, Joost built the first ‘Greenhouse By Joost’ - a temporary restaurant and event space at Melbourne’s Federation Square.
LOCALLY SOURCED PLYWOOD
GALVANISED STEEL SCREWS
VIRIDIAN NEW WORLD GLASS, THERMOTECH DOUBLE GLAZED PANELS
ANDROMEDA ENGINEERING, RECYCLED RUBBER TILES
FORBO FLOORING, LINOLEUM
SINKS AND BENCHES
SOLAR HOT WATER
QUEEN B, BEES WAX CANDLES
JOOST BAKKER, CUSTOM LIGHT SHADES
PARUS, LED GROW LIGHTS
JOOST BAKKER, CUSTOM