The Greenhouse is a temporary restaurant that promotes sustainable construction techniques and operational processes and opened its doors this February in Sydney’s Circular Quay.

Greenhouse is an exemplary model of self-sufficiency, from its green roof-top garden filtration system, the straw bale insulation, local and seasonal menu to the conversion of cooking oil into bio-diesel used to power the entire structure.

Greenhouse restaurant creator, Joost Bakker is a Victorian-based environmental artist and explained that this uniquely Australian idea had come to fruition thanks to a strong level of collaboration within the building sector.

“If everything is recyclable then most of our problems are solved,” said Joost. “I’ve had companies from all over Australia offering their support for this idea, with a wish to push the envelope.”

“One example is the specially designed double glazing for the large windows at either end of the restaurant which are made up of part recycled glass. They compliment open areas in the restaurant to ensure there is no need for air-conditioning and open up the restaurant to the beautiful Sydney Harbor views and natural light.”

Viridian  supplied the large argon filled Thermotech double glazing that helped Joost’s creative vision.

“Viridian is dedicated to shaping a better world with energy efficient products and Greenhouse is a workable demonstration of how this can be achieved,” said James Harris, Viridian Product Manager. “Being sustainable and using local products doesn’t have to impinge on the quality of the end product. It can in fact enhance it, as well as improve our overall quality of life.”

Looking around the restaurant, the best of green design, sustainable practices and many more examples of reclaimed building materials and innovative techniques are on show.
Joost explained that the building frame is an industrial shipping crate, yet steel framing made from recycled steel was also required. The floors are covered with recycled rubber tiles, re-purposed from large mining conveyor belts.

Additionally, the building does not need to be anchored are there is 40 tonnes of soil on the roof, used for growing the produce used in the restaurant. A council approved fire-proof cladding system was also designed especially for the project. It is made from a magnesium oxide based material that is recyclable and non toxic and not typically made in Australia.

Greenhouse is officially open and will operate for eight weeks in Sydney. More than 1,000 customers are expected to be served daily.

More information on the double glazing used in this project, or the range of glass products offered is available from the Viridian website.