Amidst the bankers in business suits and high skyscrapers of Canary Wharf are two architectural sculptures set to revolutionise the mundane kiosk as we know them. These unique prefabricated retail kiosks have been designed by Make Architects and were opened to the public for the first time when they became part of the Canary Wharf’s Ice Sculpting Festival last month.
The simple folding geometric form of the kiosk is based on the concept of origami. Expressed as a compact, sculptural rectangular box when closed, the structure is transformed when open, with folds and hinges in the aluminium panels allowing them to expand and contract like a fan when the kiosk opens and closes.
Sean Affleck, Make lead project architect, said: “It’s fantastic to see the kiosks on site being used and enjoyed by the public, and adding vibrancy and character to Canary Wharf’s public realm area.
“Our solution on 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 extremely lightweight, portable structure was tested and prefabricated off-site by Entech Environmental Technology Ltd, delivered to Canary Wharf via lorry and installed complete and pre-assembled.
Watch Make Architects' Concept and Protoype videos of the Make Kiosks.
See the Make Kiosks at Wood Wharf, Jubilee Place Shopping Malls, Canary Wharf, London E14
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