Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
AJ Kiosk submission: Will Lee, associate, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
The provision of a water kiosk seeks to re-establish the tradition of free drinking water as a civic facility in London, something that has largely become a commodity in the modern city through the prevalence of bottled water on sale and the poor upkeep of public facilities.
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’s design seeks to expose the network of subterranean infrastructure beneath the roads and pavements that service the city and, in so doing, express the source of drinking water as a ubiquitous piece of London street furniture. The form references the distinctive, elegant designs of post and phone boxes in the UK and of fire hydrants in the USA. The footings and base are designed such that it could be sited anywhere on uneven ground with minimal disruption of existing paving.
The design, informed by technical advice from Kale Group and VitrA, utilises the properties of emerging high-strength ceramics to withstand use in a public setting, forming simple, colourful, robust elements stacked on a stainless steel standpipe between stainless steel spouts set at a range of heights, catering for all users.