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AJ Kiosk models revealed: Hadid, Hopkins, Parry and AHMM

The AJ can reveal these models of concept water fountains created for the AJ’s Kiosk design challenge

Six jaw-dropping proposals for new water kiosks earmarked for potential locations in central London have been designed as part of the AJ’s Kiosk design challenge.

Drawn up by Zaha Hadid Architects, Adam Architecture, Hopkins Architects, Eric Parry Architects, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Studio Weave, the schemes responded to an AJ brief in partnership with Turkishceramics calling for new drinking fountains in the capital.

All six proposals will be exhibited at The Building Centre from 20 February, the night of the launch party, until 14 March.

Readers' comments (2)

  • So disappointing that this wasn't an open competition so that small practices could get involved. Please, no more vanity projects..?!

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  • Hello Sita: thank you for your question. We devised Kiosk for our partners Turkishceramics, although we have many similar programmes that engage with small firms.

    Recently we have produced charrettes in Glasgow and Birmingham with Philips and Argent, both for smaller firms. We are in the middle of our Small Projects coverage (which awards winners with a cash prize) and have just awarded and celebrated the best young female architects in the Women in Architecture Awards. It is also just a few months since we shortlisted young firms for the Future Reception competition with Derwent.

    We hope Kiosk will open a wider debate. At the Building Centre this week we have a crit with the mayor’s office, townscape expert Bob Tavenor and Thames Water (Daisy Froud of small (but growing practice) AOC is joining us too) and we are publishing a supplement exploring the designs and the wider public realm debate soon. An exhibition (also at the Building Centre), and designed by our art editor Brad Yendle begins on Friday. We hope you will come along.

    Of course AJ is dedicated to fostering young talent - it is our lifeblood too - but that shouldn't mean we don't engage with the proven best, like Zaha Hadid, Hopkins et al.

    PS. Studio Weave, part of the Kiosk programme, are what you might describe as a small practice too. We were delighted to be able to include them.

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