live well, dream, and dance!

Temple Nightclub, located in San Francisco’s SOMA district, is at the forefront of the green industry with its fully innovative and successful vision. This lively, dynamic venue draws in a strong community vibe, something often overlooked in some of today’s disingenuous green design. The measures that have been made to maintain this eco-positive nightclub are off the charts [check the website’s Internal Implementation for stats].

Many of us are still trying to figure out the logistics of what green design is. In pushing forward, we define what the on-going movement is and are busy quantifying what comprising elements it entails. The possibilities continue to expand, and the answer is as ever-evolving and fluid as design itself. I came to focus on this particular collaboration because of the recent cutting-edge trend seen in nightclubs. Everywhere, club owners are developing new ways to keep their pulse on the latest trends. The hospitality industry has such a high turnover, that if all owners did their part, we could reduce the amount of energy and waste. However, I had to ask the one question, How does Greening a space dictate the design?

Shortly after, I was in touch with Michael Zuckerman, Director of Sustainability, who informed me that Paul Hemming, the owner of Temple Nightclub, is also the designer. When I pitched the questions over, the response I got was, “No designer. We work as we go. Everything is done by us.” Needless to say, I was even more intrigued. I also knew that I had come upon one of the most organic forms of green design developing today. Along with the large scale commitment they have made to make the place eco-positive, the materials used are also in-line with building a green space. The venue is superbly slick, well designed, and has great attention to detail – detail that would potentially be difficult for the designer to foresee before handing off the blueprints for the next phase.

Stargate Zone

It takes determination, a strong effort, and a common purpose to make this green business successful. I can’t wait to see what these guys do next!  So far, we have the solar garden rooftop with honey-making bees buzzing, and the energy-generated dance floor to look forward to. What else would you expect from a DJ/former record store owner/Zen Yoga compound/Club owner whose mission is “edu-tainment”. Temple is not a trend or a generational movement. It is a way of life.

The Tibetan Oracle blesses the Zen Compound and its staff on his visit to San Francisco. He came to America for an 11 city tour to bring a spiritual perspective to Global Warming.


Photos courtesy of Temple – Zen Compound website.


~ by luxe. on November 19, 2009.

One Response to “live well, dream, and dance!”

  1. Cheers for this post. I placed a link to it on Temple’s ecoDrinking profile:

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