- Location London, UK
- Status Built
- Service Architecture
- Sector Retail
- Area 10.6m²/114ft²
- Client Canary Wharf Group
Canary Wharf Group asked us to design two retail kiosks in London. They had to be durable, easy to maintain and vandalism-proof. Their style had to match the public art on site: bold, bright and contemporary.
Our aim was to make the kiosks not just practical spaces but also art in themselves. Inspired by origami, we created a striking geometric design that’s both stylish and resilient. Plywood-stressed skin and waterproof membranes stretch across steel frames, while insulating rain-skin cladding panels reduce solar gain. Opening the kiosks is easy, and their unfolding an event in itself. At the push of a button, an electric winch operates steel counterweights that pull up the steel panels, concertina-style, revealing a roomy, highly adaptable space.
Lightweight and portable, the two kiosks were delivered pre-assembled and installed without fuss or foundations. Their attention-grabbing sculptural design complements the nearby restaurants, shops and public art. They fit in precisely because they stand out.
Kiosk part 1: Concept
It’s fantastic to see the kiosks on site being used and enjoyed by the public, and adding vibrancy and character to Canary Wharf.
Kiosk part 2: Prototype
- New London Awards 2014 Winner – The Temporary