This Pub Built With Concrete Pipes is Surprisingly Elegant and Cozy

Concrete pipes never looked so inviting. At the Prahran Hotel, a pub in Australia, stacks of pre-cast concrete tubes have been turned into cozy, wood-paneled booths for sharing a pint or two. From the outside, they look like kegs (get it?) or portholes—in any case, nothing remotely as dystopian as the phrase "concrete… » 4/08/14 6:40pm 4/08/14 6:40pm

This New School of Architecture is a Crazy Canyon of Concrete and Wood

What an amazing building this turned out to be, the new Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University in Queensland, Australia. Designed by London's CRAB studio—led by Gavin Robotham and Sir Peter Cook, whose work you might know from Archigram—the 27,000 square-foot structure has just been completed and now faces… » 2/16/14 11:00am 2/16/14 11:00am

Concrete-Printing Bees And Other Living 3D Printers

Gizmodo's 3D Printing Week, a collaborative project with GE that comes to a close this evening, would only be partially complete without a look at the use of animals as living 3D printers. They are sentient printheads, we might say: biological sources of material, whether it's silk and honey or plastic and even, as… » 12/06/13 5:20pm 12/06/13 5:20pm

Eating In Concrete Tubes Is Not As Dystopian As It Sounds

Pretty much anyone who walks into a bar or diner in a group is scanning for a booth. It's just nicer to eat five plates of cheese fries in your own space. And the architects at Australian firm Techne clearly agree because they used concrete pipes to create seating spaces in the redesigned bar at Melbourne's Prahran… » 7/14/13 10:20am 7/14/13 10:20am

Scientists Have Found the Ancient Secret of Indestructible Concrete

For the most part, we humans are better at things than we were thousands of years ago. But there are some things the ancients had down pat. Roman concrete, for instance, is just way better than anything we can whip up today. Finally, after some 2,000 years, modern-day scientists have figured it out. And it's a secret… » 6/15/13 5:30pm 6/15/13 5:30pm

Believe It or Not This Concrete RC Plane Actually Flies

Had the Wright Brothers foolishly chosen to build their original flyer from concrete, their names probably wouldn't have gone down in the history books. But South Dakota School of Mines & Technology students David Haberman and Tyler Pojanowski did, and were the first to fly and safely land an 18 pound remote control… » 5/10/13 11:46am 5/10/13 11:46am

The Bomb-Proof Miracle Materials That Will Make the Future Safer

When a bomb explodes, you can't outmaneuver it; you probably can't even take cover quickly enough to protect yourself. Instead, you have to hope that there's something—anything—already in the way that can shield you from the blast. Here are five of the best future bomb-proof materials that could end up saving lives in… » 4/17/13 12:00pm 4/17/13 12:00pm

Concrete Wine Bunkers Let You Get Drunk Even After the World Ends

We're just hours from the Apocalypse at this point. It's way too late to take any preventative action, but that doesn't mean we can't be ready for the aftermath. And what are you going to want when you're battered and bruised, wandering around the torrid wasteland that once was Earth? Alcohol. All of it. » 12/20/12 3:20pm 12/20/12 3:20pm

Concrete Wallpaper Perfects That Cozy Cold War Bunker Look

If you grew up at the height of the Cold War and remember spending many nights in your family's fallout shelter, perhaps warm colors and relaxing patterns just don't feel homey to you. If stark gray walls are the only thing that says 'home sweet home' this faux concrete wallpaper turns any room into an emotionless… » 9/26/12 11:40am 9/26/12 11:40am