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The first thing you notice when you walk into the Plant
Cafe Organic at Pier 3, on San Francisco’s Embarcadero,
is the stunning view of the Bay. But the experience is all of
a piece: the modern, Scandinavian-influenced interior with
slatted-wood tabletops and unfinished Brazilian-walnut
flooring; sleek zinc and stainless-steel equipment in the bar
and open kitchens; the homey atmosphere created by the
slate-gray schoolhouse-style chairs and the open fire from
the pizza oven; and the sunlight streaming through the large
windows and floor-to-ceiling glass entrance.
What you won’t realize is that the restaurant is one of
the most sustainably designed eateries in the city, if not the
country. Those tabletops? Made from reclaimed hickory.
The gleaming zinc and stainless steel? Nontoxic. The roof ?
Packed with PVs. The Brazilian walnut is from a sustainably
harvested forest, and the natural light is, of course, an energy
saver. And the building itself A historic warehouse once
used for goods awaiting transport to the California Delta.
It’s the most significant recycled feature of the entire project.
For this deft melding of elegance and environmental awareness, the Plant at Pier 3, designed by Cass Calder Smith’s CCS
Architecture, is a Smart Environments award winner this
year. The firm, which has offices in San Francisco and New
York, won the same award four years ago for the Plant’s
flagship restaurant, located in a former bakery in San Francisco’s Marina neighborhood. (The restaurant was then called
Lettüs but changed its name after the Lettuce Entertain You
The green-thumb ethos of this San
Francisco eatery is perfectly reflected
in its rigorously green interior design.
with spot heads
Lutron dimming system
extends lamp life
and further reduces