AJ Kiosk submission: George Saumarez Smith, director, Adam Architecture
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Our theme has been to encourage people to use less bottled water and to think more about its natural source.
It was decided to concentrate first on the glazed tiles. These might be either figurative or abstract in design. As the purpose of the building was also to draw closer links between Istanbul and London, the tiles might also encompass a range of both English and Turkish ceramic traditions.
The tiles were assembled to form a unified pattern in which an inscription is surrounded by angel tiles and representations of water bottles surround a ground of raindrops.
On the sides of the kiosk there are raindrops only; on the back there is no heartstone and the inscription is jumbled. The intention is to hint at a world of chaos on the back as a counterpoint to the ordered front. The design is perhaps closer to a stele or cenotaph than to traditional Turkish kiosk forms.
At the centre is a bronze tap resembling the shape of an open mouth. The water pours from the tap into a stone basin, supported by a pedestal in the form of an amphora. In addition to the glazed tiles, the bowl, pedestal, plinth and coping are in Portland stone. Around the perimeter, paving is laid in overlapping circles of white pebbles against a black pebble ground.