Bridgette Meinhold

The Plant Cafe Organic: SF's Ultra Green Restaurant

by , 12/15/10

The Plant Cafe Organic, green restaurant, ccs architecture, organic food, green design, sustainable architecture, green renovation, san francisco

Eco friendly materials are a main feature of the restaurant with a strong focus towards healthy and natural materials – a reflection of the food. Locally sourced and reclaimed wood were used to create many of the tables and interior spaces, while cold rolled steel, stainless steel, zinc and recycled content tiles round out the mix. The vibrant green flooring is made out of coconut shells, while daylighting, composting, recycled or biodegradable take out containers and energy efficient lighting are also big parts of the restaurant.

On the roof, a 6 kw solar system generates enough electricity to power the restaurant’s kitchen, even in foggy San Francisco. An innovative water Electrolyzer system converts tap water into acidic and alkaline cleaning fluids for counters, floors, windows and dishwashing. And to top it all off, the very talented Flora Grubb designed a beautiful living wall installation out of air plants for the back wall of the restaurant.

+ The Plant Cafe Organic

+ CCS Architecture

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  1. fstirling December 16, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    This restaurant looks amazing. It’s so wonderful to see a restaurant going above and beyond to minimize their eco footprint, but also maximize awareness about the issue of sustainability. Reading this article reminded me of the Green Restaurant Association, a non profit that certifies restaurants as Green Restaurants and provides consumers with all the details of the restaurants environmental practices. Seeing as Plant is already as environmentally friendly as it is, it couldn’t hurt to look into becoming officially certified! Keep up the great work!

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