London architecture office Make Architects has designed two unique prefabricated kiosks inspired by the art of origami. The two kiosks were first introduced to the public as part of the London’s Canary Wharf Ice Sculpting Festival.
The concept of origami is reflected in the structure and shape of the each kiosk. The sculptural structure appears as a compact rectangular box when closed. However, its true shape comes to life when opened. Folds and hinges in the aluminum panels allow them to expand and contract like a fan when the kiosk opens and closes.
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.
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.
– Sean Affleck, Make lead project architect
The lightweight, portable structure was prefabricated and tested off-site by Entech Environmental Technology Ltd, and was delivered to Canary Wharf via lorry, where it was installed complete and pre-assembled.
Architects: Make Architects
Location: London, UK
Internal dimensions: 1.95m deep x 3m wide
Internal structure: a steel frame with inner faces lined with a plywood-stressed skin covered with a waterproof membrane. Rain-skin cladding panels are supported off this skin to create an insulative air gap which helps to reduce solar gain.
External cladding: powder-coated aluminium cladding panels provide the kiosk with a highly resilient, durable finish which requires minimal maintenance.
*All images and information courtesy of Make Architects.