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AJ Kiosk designs

Six of Britain’s top architects have devised stunning fountain schemes for the AJ’s Kiosk design challenge

AJs Kiosks named among the most significant future projects for London.

The water fountain proposals drawn up by etc was listed alongside … as a one of thirteen concept scheme which could change the face of the capital


The AJ can exclusively reveal the six jaw-dropping proposals for new water kiosks earmarked for potential locations in central London.

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, Studio Weave, Hopkins Architects, Eric Parry Architects, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Adam Architecture, the schemes responded to an AJ brief sponsored by turkishceramics calling for new drinking fountain kiosks in the capital.

The ambitious designs range from a cantilevered canopy and collection pool by Zaha Hadid to AHMM’s vision for new street furniture exposing the ‘subterranean infrastructure beneath the roads’.

The practices picked sites either in Soho or on the South Bank.

Kiosk creative director Rory Olcayto said: ‘First and foremost these are fantastic designs. But each of them also suggests there is a wider debate to be had around how we use our public spaces and the services cities should offer its residents and visitors.’

Each proposal has incorporated ceramic details while reflecting the artistry and craft typical of historic kiosk design.

Adam’s scheme – featuring original tile patterns – takes a cenotaph-like form, while Eric Parry Architects propose a structure which could host either an ice cream vendor, coffee stall or news stand. Hopkins’ design is a precast concrete structure which ‘flows out of the ground’ to create a ceramic shelter and Studio Weave proposes a network of freestanding ‘watering poles’, creating new social focal points.

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

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