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The Greenhouse

Designer Joost Bakker creates a ’Waste of a Space’ in Federation Square.

The Greenhouse


October 22nd, 2008

Melbourne’s Federation Square will become a feast of re-use over the next few months with ‘The Greenhouse’ – a project designed by the notorious creative Joost Bakker.

The self-sustaining structure is a mash of re-used waste product, recyclable and grown materials, produce and sustainable initiatives that will delight sustainable-foodies and designers alike.

Made using a recyclable steel frame, the walls of the structure use hay bales, while an outdoor ‘wall’ of strawberry plants shelters the upstairs balcony. All the furniture is made by Joost from ‘found’ and reclaimed objects.

Food from the rooftop garden will form part of the menu prepared by chef Shannon Bennett. The overall project aims to encourage city dwellers to consider the complete life-cycle of the ‘stuff’ they use then chuck away – to “think local, act local”.

‘The Greenhouse’ was inspired by Joost’s own home, similarly constructed from steal and bales, but is obviously on a much larger commercial scale in a prominent location.

The structure will remain in place until 29 January 2009 before being removed without a trace and not a spot of waste.

















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