- 12:07 pm - Tue, Feb 15, 2011
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Joost Bakker’s new temporary cafe at The Rocks [in Sydney, Australia] may be one of the greenest buildings on Earth.
Named ”Greenhouse by Joost”, everything about the installation artist’s cafe has been created using inexpensive recycled or recyclable materials down to glasses made from sawn-off beer bottles and uniforms sourced from the Salvation Army and election campaigns past.
Bakker stands inside a shipping container, a row of jam jar lightbulbs illuminating his face as he explains the incredible structure around him. Furniture is made from old irrigation pipes and leather treated with vegetable dye, rubber floor tiles arranged in a herringbone pattern were once conveyer belts. In the dining area a flattened wine bottle is used as a cheese tray - the neck now a handle.
”We … set out to build a place that was completely recyclable - made from steel, not wood, and had straw in the floor, walls and ceiling,” Bakker said.
(via Waste not, want not, an artful eco-cafe sets the scene green - The Sydney Morning Herald)
The pop-up Greenhouse, built in three weeks and based on earlier installations in Melbourne and Perth, will, according to this post on Joost’s Web site, “operate for eight weeks in Sydney before continuing its tour in Milan. The travelling restaurant will then continue on to a number of other European cities.” Each city’s menu is based on what grows locally (and on the building’s rooftop garden) and is in season.