Greenhouse by Joost in Sydney!

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Tuesday 15th February 2011

Joost Bakker’s Greenhouse in Sydney – just opened last Friday!

Joost’s signature vertical garden covers the exterior of the structure

Re-purposed design details – walls in the bathrooms made from salvaged timber packing boxes, lights made from simple jam jars, beer glasses and candle holders made from discarded Little Creatures bottles, stunning herringbone floor created from rubber salvaged from an industrial conveyor belt!


How do you do it?

How is it that on December 23rd, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority offered you, out of the blue, this amazing location at Circular Quay for one of your world-famous Greenhouse temporary restaurants, and less than 2 months later it is HERE for us all to admire?

How is it that local council seem to turn around approval on all your crazy ideas in a timeframe most architects could not even imagine in their wildest dreams?

How is it that you manage to inspire so many brilliant and super high profile local creative people to be involved (David Bromley, David Band, Spacecraft, Queen B Candles, Top chefs Jason Chan and Matt Stone, to name only a few) – with little or no lead time at all?

How is it that you rope in support from so many businesses and project sponsors (Framecad, Little Creatures, Miele and many more) without a corporate logo to be seen?

How is it that you manage to get by on about 2 hrs sleep each night, without a wink of grumpiness, red-eye or evidence of energy depletion?

How is it that you inspired this design blogger to travel to Sydney twice in the past month just to see what you’re up to?

I’ve heard from reliable sources that you have Jedi Powers.  I believe it.  You’re AMAZING.

From Lucy ;)

Postscript – I visited Mr Bakker’s AMAZING new Greenhouse which opened in Sydney last week and I’m telling you, it must be seen to be believed.  If you are anywhere near Sydney in the next 6 weeks (and trust me, Melbourne is close enough to warrant a visit!), you really MUST go!  Much more info here and here.  I took MANY more photos which you can view in  the photo gallery here – please pop over and check them out to get a sense of the immense scale of this inspiring project!

The Greenhouse is essentially a temporary restaurant and bar which promotes sustainable construction techniques and operational processes… the entire building is created using re-cycled and re-cyclable materials, and runs so efficiently it creates no waste.  ALL food scraps are composted on site, herbs and salad vegies are grown on the roof, all produce is supplied in re-usable containers (no disposable plastic here!) and all furniture, tableware and design details are created from re-purposed materials which would otherwise have been landfill.  The Greenhouse Sydney will operate for just 8 WEEKS before upping sticks and commencing a WORLD TOUR!  Get in while you can, people!

AND, last but not least, The Design Files first ever SHORT FILM documenting this incredible project is coming very soon…  stay tuned!

Greenhouse by Joost
Campbells Cove, The Rocks

(ie the same side at the MCA, just at the end of the Quay)

Open Monday noon – midnight, Sunday 10.00am – midnight, and every other day from 7.30am – midnight.

Joost on site, Australia Day – on zero sleep after working through the night.

Joost insulates the structure with his genius hay bale / steel system – Jan 26th

Scrambling to finish on opening day! Feb 9th.  Chairs made from re-cycled irrigation pipes and salvaged leather off-cuts.

David Bromley’s artwork covers the facade – painted in one night and one day (Jan 25th and 26th)

Bromley faces his fears in the Cherry Picker!

Bromley a little happier on solid ground! Jan 26th.

The unique Framecad system means all the steel for the structure is formed to spec on site using a machine which spits out the exact shape and length of steel required – ie no offcuts, no waste, and minimum carbon footprint.

Oh hello!  Even on a building site, there is no escaping the internet!  Jan 26th.


by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Tuesday 15th February 2011


  • tess 6 years ago

    Oh yay! I really loved the Melbourne Greenhouse… can’t wait to see the TDF short film!!

  • Clare 6 years ago

    Time for you to get a Perth correspondent! You know Perth has the only permanent Joost Greenhouse, right? It’s been open for a couple of years now. It’s been interesting to see what changes have occurred over that time to keep it working as a permanent installation. It still has a rooftop garden, but growing produce in the little pots turned out not to work so well (doesn’t help that it’s in a very shaded location), so that’s been replaced with ivy.

  • alex sunday 6 years ago

    i was just coming to comment on perth’s greenhouse, but i see clare has beat me to it! finally something perth can brag about. :)

  • Oh I saw this in the Herald on the weekend and can’t wait to get down and check it out. SO awesome!

  • Lee Tran, Inside Out 6 years ago

    Hey Lucy, I think I saw you shooting there on Friday afternoon but I wasn’t sure if it was you but now your post confirms it! Nice post, it’s good to see this clever pop-up from so many perspectives.

  • Simon Food Favourites 6 years ago

    i must check this out :-) looking fantastic!

  • Michelle Brady 6 years ago

    I am in Sydney this weekend so visiting the Greenhouse is now at the top of my list of things to do. I have always regretted not being around when the Melbourne Greenhouse was in town. Thanks to Stewart @spacecraft for the tip! Oh and Perth too? Cool!

  • Kerry 6 years ago

    Sheezz, was just in Sydney on the weekend and saw this in the distance and didn’t know what it was. Would have checked it out if I had known.

  • Emma Lacey 6 years ago

    So brilliant to read this… very, very tempted to book a flight to Sydney to visit! Thanks for behind the scenes detail.

  • chrissie 6 years ago

    In Sydney for just one day andI visited the Greenhouse yesterday for a quick look. It’s such an amazing idea and so well executed. It just proves that good things can happen quickly. It’s inspiring to see something so clever working so well. Let’s toast Joost!!

  • Wendy 6 years ago

    Thank you for this post Lucy. As soon as the “Life InStyle” dust settles I will be there to check it out!

  • Thea Samios 6 years ago

    OOh, I love this! I’m in Sydney this week too so this sounds ideal for a guilt-free dinner.

  • Miriam 6 years ago

    LOVE this idea! What an amazing synthesis of desgin, coolness and greeness!

  • lyn cole 6 years ago

    cant wait to see tdf film :)

  • David Park 6 years ago

    Lucy can we give a further hat tip to FRAMECAD who provided the steel-framing (recyclable: please note) and is the backbone to the Joost Greenhouse in Sydney as they were for the earlier one in Melbourne at Fed. Square. So yep let’s toast Joost. Smart thinking.

    Full disclosure: I/we assist FRAMECAD with their PR.

  • Vanessa 6 years ago

    wholy! im so glad its back! i missed the one in melbourne… planning my trip to sydney right this second!

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