Joost’s “hero” is the former ABC gardening expert Peter Cundle

By Greenhouse Team On March 7, 2011

Here today, gone tomorrow


The harbour-side pop-up restaurant called Greenhouse by Joost has captured the interest of many Sydney-siders since its sudden appearance at Campbell’s Cove just a few weeks ago. The initiative from Dutch-born artist, builder and environmentalist Joost Bakker, with support from the global engineering consulting firm Arup, will be in place for just another few weeks, before being transported to Milan and other European destinations. The use of recycled or recyclable materials delivers some key message about how we should be constructing buildings, although Bakker himself puts the emphasis on the way we source our produce.

Restaurants, he says, are really too complicated, and people are completely divorced from the way their food is sourced, or even the way they consume water and energy. Greenhouse addresses that by milling its own flour, growing its own vegetables and salads, and composting its own waste. Water for the cisterns passes through open basins so people can realize the volume of water they are using.

“So many buildings are constructed purely as status symbols,” Joost says. “I think we need to get away from that. Houses are good for agriculture and horticulture. It produces waste water, which can be used for growing food, right where people want them.” Indeed, Joost’s “hero” is the former ABC gardening expert Peter Cundle, who used to say that it would only take six square metres of garden to feed a family. Joost says the Greenhouse has got 60 square metres of garden, about the same as the average home. “In principal that could feed 10 families. I think that in the future our cities will grow so much food that could become self sustainable.”

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Greenhouse by Joost Sydney - "Joost designed and made the chairs from aluminium irrigation pipes and the seats are made from leather off-cuts from a Victorian tannery. They are remarkably comfortable."

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