Make has built and installed the first of its folding, origami-inspired kiosks
Ken Shuttleworth’s practice was originally commissioned to design the vandal- and graffiti-proof prefabricated pods by Camden Council to replace the borough’s existing street kiosks as part of a drive to clear up its pavements (AJ 23.03.12).
However the completed ‘retail kiosks’ - which are now built of aluminium rather than brass - were officially unveiled during Canary Wharf’s Ice Sculpturing Festival last month.
The pods feature hinged panels which ‘expand and contract’ like a fan when the kiosk opens and closes.
Project architect Sean Affleck, Make lead project architect, said: ‘Our solution for the modern street kiosk is a distinctive sculptural rectangular box that transforms when it opens and its function is revealed.
‘The design is also efficient and functional with compact, robust, durable, easy to maintain and vandal and graffiti- proof features. The internal fit-out elements can be adapted to suit the needs of individual vendors.”
The lightweight, portable structure was tested and built off-site by Entech Environmental Technology. It was delivered on the back of a lorry complete and pre-assembled.
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Make reveals origami kiosk proposals for north London
Make has been commissioned by Camden Council to replace the borough’s existing street kiosks as part of a drive to clear up its pavements
Described as an origami-inspired brass box, the design can be closed up at night to become a vandal- and graffiti-proof shell. Each kiosk will cost between £40,000 and £50,000.
Ken Shuttleworth’s practice is currently looking for developers to bring forward the first batch of around 10 structures.
Project architect Sean Affleck said: ‘Most of the current retail kiosk in the Borough are an eyesore which expand and take over the pavements. We have designed something which is in a small way iconic.
‘Something which works well when it is opened but is also interesting when shut.’
The architect’s view
‘Our design for a new street kiosk aims to provide the best possible trading environment for Camden’s vendors, as well as upgrade the area’s streetscape and enhance the vibrancy and success of Camden’s existing commercial areas.
‘The kiosk will initially be installed in several key locations throughout the borough, all of which are very different in character; it therefore has to fit in harmoniously with a diverse range of sites.
‘The design also needs to work effectively when the kiosk is open for business during the day and when it is closed at night has to be robust, durable, easy to maintain and vandal and graffiti-proof.’