There is definitely a twist to this café. Something out-of-the-box. If you want a heady 'in-the-box' dining experience, just step into Cardboard Café at Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai as this eating outlet is all about cardboards and some delectable cuisines.
As the name suggests, the café has cardboards all around and is designed to have a chat over a cup of coffee. The entire interior landscape including walls, tables, chairs and what not, except the kitchen, are made of recyclable cardboards.
The café has been conceived and designed by world renowned architect Nuru Karim. This eating outlet would probably be the first in the world to be fully made using cardboards. Around 40,000 sq ft of cardboards went into the making of this environment-friendly café, which serves only organic food.
Why cardboard? Apart from the go-green objective, the cardboards have less weight as they have 50 percent air, and are durable and less expensive. Moreover, there is no other material that can absorb sound so efficiently. It won't be an issue if you spill water on the cardboard table as wax coating makes it waterproof.
The café was completed in 7 months out of which 3 months went into planning. Lot of thought went into where and how much cardboards should be used and how cost could be kept at the minimal, and the café was constructed in 4 months' time. Heat and humidity won't be a problem for this cardboard structure. Let people have more concern about nature after seeing this environment-friendly venture, say the people behind this project.
Food is prepared using pesticide-free fruits and vegetables that are grown locally. Through this café, which is a hit among Mumbaikers, Karim wanted to show to the world that cardboards are much more than a waste material. It was also Karim’s endeavour to establish an ideal place to discuss the nuances of climate change and global warming.