The Concrete Blocks at This Bakery are Made From Empty Sacks of Flour

By Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan on at

From afar, the walls at this Gowanus restaurant look like they're made from grey fabric—but they're actually made from concrete bricks poured into empty bags of flour from the resident bakery. Concrete masonry unit? More like cookie masonry unit! Sorry.

Each block was made from an empty, 50lb bag of King Arthur flour—emptied by the local baker—which were turned into two conventional formworks: One for "baguettes," the larger blocks, and one for "boules of brioche," which are brick-sized. At the building site, the designers at Latent Productions poured and cured 1,000 of the units (which, adorably, they call "belly blocks") to create a wall of bulging concrete along the length of the space.

The Concrete Blocks at This Bakery Are Made From Empty Sacks of Flour

The Concrete Blocks at This Bakery Are Made From Empty Sacks of Flour

Today, the space is home to Gowanus bakery and restaurant Runner and Stone. Go and check it out if you're ever lucky enough to be in Brooklyn—until sugar-printed buildings become a reality, it's as close to gastronomical architecture as we're going to get. [Archinect; Latent Productions]

The Concrete Blocks at This Bakery Are Made From Empty Sacks of Flour