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Canary Wharf Kiosks
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  • Architecture
  • Interior design
  • Urban design
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The kiosks that fold like paper

Canary Wharf Kiosks

  • 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.

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Kiosk part 1: Concept

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It’s fantastic to see the kiosks on site being used and enjoyed by the public, and adding vibrancy and character to Canary Wharf.
Sean Affleck
Lead project architect, Make
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Kiosk part 2: Prototype

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Awards

  • New London Awards 2014 Winner – The Temporary
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