in sydney now: GREENHOUSE by Joost…
Posted in creative ventures, food, pia's photos, sydney March 9th, 2011 by pia

“I have designed the restaurant in reverse. I’ve started at the end and worked back. My dream has always been to build a restaurant that creates no waste and now I believe I can achieve it!” – Joost Bakker

Last Friday, Romain & I had the pleasure of enjoying breakfast + a catch up with my dear friend Jenni at Joost Bakker’s GREENHOUSE. I’ve been a fan of Joost’s work since learning about him a few years back, and was so excited to hear via gourmet traveller that his latest venture was right here in Sydney. Over the years, Joost has been commissioned to design furniture, spaces, and vertical gardens in his signature style that brings together nature and industry. His focus on sustainability in all his projects is what drew me to his work, and it was such a treat to finally experience one of his creations in the flesh…

For me, stepping inside GREENHOUSE was like stepping into the heart of Amsterdam – from the use of space, colour, decor, and inventiveness  – there is a wonderful air of the unconstrained, which is the very characteristic that I love most about Amsterdam.

While enjoying a doughnut and cuppa, I was fortunate to meet Georgina, one of the talented designers on the team. She spoke about the design and  creation of the restaurant, and how they’d love to find a permanent place for it in Sydney (yes, please!). Thanks to the lovely Georgina, I also got a chance to meet Joost on the rooftop garden + bar…

The GREENHOUSE philosophy is about “lifestyle and the many choices that can be made; from material choices to fashion, food and ultimately waste.” This is evident through the space – everything has been made from recycled materials, including the bathroom doors and jar covered lights…

GREENHOUSE is only open for another couple of weeks, so if you live in Sydney, I highly recommend you go and check it out while you can. Sitting on Campbells Cove, just opposite the Opera House on the other side of the quay, it’s well worth it just to drink in the view on the rooftop terrace, surrounded by strawberries and herbs of all varieties…

Congrats to Joost and his incredible team, here’s hoping for a permanent GREENHOUSE in Sydney!



photos by Pia Jane Bijkerk & Jenni Booth.

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  1. Ann Marie says

    wishing i was sitting in the greenhouse this very moment! beautiful.

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  2. Siobhan says

    Hello Pia! Great photos. I know where I will be going for lunch when I head down to see the Annie Leibovitz exhibition 🙂

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  3. joan mckniff says

    am sending to nick and brett in Sydney now. what a gem….wish I could be there. joan, florida, usa

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  4. Connie says

    What a beautiful spot!

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  5. Lisette says

    Wow, what an amazing place! We could do with one just like it here, in Barcelona!!

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  6. Mandy says

    OK, SOLD …. this weekend I’m there !!!

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  7. Leslie Oschmann says

    What a great space – love the writing on the walls!

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  8. A Flourishing Perspective says

    Oh wow, this is gorgeous! That place looks incredible and ideal. Your wonderful descriptions make me want to be there right this moment.

    Thanks for sharing! Beautiful photos:)


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  9. beth says

    The greenery is so divine- I would be there in 2 seconds flat if it wasn’t a world away!

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  10. meenal@maison marigold says

    commendable Greenhouse!! thats a lovely post, Pia!! hope to see you on my blog someday oon!! xx meenal

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  11. Maggie says

    I love all the words! So pretty.

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  12. musinginistanbul says

    Hello Pia 🙂 I love these pictures, especially those macaroons!!! I wish I could have some now with my afternoon tea 🙂 yummy.

    March 10th, 2011 | #

  13. Jane says

    What a fantastic restaurant!! That cake and desert looks delicious…yummy.

    March 10th, 2011 | #

  14. spoonful says

    I just found your blog. Lovely!

    March 10th, 2011 | #

  15. Dee Purdy says

    oh wow, rewind and i can be there…..oh and send through the petition for their permanent spot….i can get at least a gaggle of of antipodeans to sign it in london.

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  16. Jaclyn says

    Everything here looks so tasty and the decor is wonderful. I love it.

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  17. Kristina says

    this looks like a wonderful place and the view on the opera house is breathtaking! the design and decoration totally match my taste! would love to visit, but I guess Switzerland is a bit far away for a sunny Sunday afternoon at the GREENHOUSE!
    Have a lovely weekend, Kristina

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  18. judith b says

    We never tire of seeing the world through your eyes, Pia.
    The Greenhouse deserves to live on et de faire des petits!

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  19. Sweet Freak says

    Omigoodness, doughnuts side by side with macarons? In such a cool environment? I wish I were there…

    March 11th, 2011 | #

  20. Ella says

    This place looks divine. I wish we had something similar in Canada.

    March 12th, 2011 | #

  21. twiggs says

    oh my pia, this is a wonderful story! i wish i could visit this place and sure does look like amsterdam cafes… you were so lucky to have a chance to talk with the designer and meet joost!!! have a wonderful weekend! twiggs

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  22. Cherry says

    What a fantabulous space. I totally want to be there.

    March 13th, 2011 | #

  23. Candice says

    Photos are lovely! Will definitely put this on my list of places to check out once I’m back home in Sydney! Thanks!

    March 13th, 2011 | #

  24. ady says

    i really live in the wrong city… what a wonderful space and yes you are right… it’s like stepping back into the heart of amsterdam! hope you are well. mady

    March 14th, 2011 | #

  25. hybrid handmade says

    This looks like a GREAT place to hang out – it reminds me of the South Bank in London…which I miss…so thank you for this post, even though it is on the other side of the world it kinda reminds me of ‘home’.

    March 14th, 2011 | #

  26. Iva says

    wow, I would love to go there and experience this place. I am a designer myself so its always good to see stuff like this out there

    Interior Designer

    March 15th, 2011 | #

  27. jen says

    love these photos! what a beautiful place.

    March 16th, 2011 | #

  28. Elsa says

    Happy to discover your beautiful blog. Your picture are so nice. This green house is very original, I like it !

    March 17th, 2011 | #

  29. Dominique says

    Bonjour, j’ai découvert greenhouse via “hommage to the seed –” et j’ai adoré. je vis dans le sud de la France et c’est un plaisir de lire et de regarder vos photos. merci,

    March 21st, 2011 | #

  30. Nic | Chrome Heated Towel Rails says

    Wish i’d had the chance to visit Greenhouse. Particularly loving that wooden bathroom!

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  31. Sim says

    i’m in love with the vertical garden. I wish I visited Greenhouse when i was in Sydney. Maybe next time. Anyways, I admire your work. Cheers!

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