DIY Iconic Building From a Nifty Bamboo Kit

Thursday April 05, 2018 Written by Luke Ryan

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The Tote is the kind of pub every self-respecting Melburnian has had at least one absolute rager in. The stickiness of the carpets, the olfactory thrill of the bathrooms, the blazing loudness of the live music – it’s what memories are made of. And now you can recreate those memories in your own home, thanks to the folk over at Gin & Apathy. Creators of finely detailed, laser-cut bamboo model kits of lesser-known icons – think Battersea Power Station, Detroit’s Hotel Yorba, and the house from 1987 British black comedy Withnail and I – Gin & Apathy make models as everyday reminders of banal yet weirdly wonderful things in our local neighbourhoods.

Here’s a sample of what we’re talking about…

Battersea Power Station:

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Hotel Yorba:

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And sometimes these folks also make pretty damn impressive one-offs, like the Queen Anne/Gothic structure of the Intercontinental:

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The DIY Tote kit is featured in Smith Journal volume 26Buy a copy from our online shop, or find your local stockist.

Images: Gin and Apathy