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Architects re-imagine kiosk as fan-like folding structure


February 10, 2014

London-based architecture firm Make has re-imagined the kiosk

London-based architecture firm Make has re-imagined the kiosk

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The humble street kiosk tends to vary little from its default box-like design. London-based architecture firm Make, however, has re-imagined the kiosk based on the concept of origami. The Make kiosk uses a fan-like folding structure that is both functional and aesthetically exciting.

The Make kiosk was created in response to a brief which called for a unit that would stand out as an enhancement to a town’s streetscape and be a positive addition even when closed. The first two kiosks produced are owned by Canary Wharf and will be used for on-going events as information points or will be rented out to vendors.

The kiosks comprise a rectangular space that is enclosed by a corrugated folding shell. Lightweight aluminum panels are used to create a front-opening enclosure that concertinas like a fan when opened and closed. The powder-coated aluminum gives a sleek matte finish and provides a resilient and durable exterior requiring minimal maintenance. The external panels have also been designed to be vandal and graffiti-proof.

The kiosk is constructed with a steel frame and a plywood-stressed skin with a waterproof membrane that shelters a 1.95 x 3 m (6.4 x 9.8 ft) interior. An insulation gap between the inner and outer surfaces helps to regulate internal temperature.

According to Make, the kiosk design has received interest from the UK and abroad, including the United States. The firm has other upcoming projects on the boil too, including a portable, recyclable small-scale cinema made from cardboard off-cuts that will be used to showcase films for the Regen Film Festival at the Ecobuild trade exhibition.

The video below shows a prototype kiosk in action.

Source: Make Architects

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That looks really great. I am curious what makes it graffiti-proof? Is there a coating for aluminium nowadays that spray paint can't adhere to, or allows it to be cleaned off?

Mia H

It is not only cool looking but way better way better than the traditional kiosk boxes that are currently available. Perhaps it will inspire other companies to make similarly designs that add instead of taking away from a setting?


It looks great, it also looks like substantially more materials go into making this type of kiosk over traditional ones.


The accordion concept could be applied to housing the homeless, also. Just don't get the two confused. : )


this is Cool! now how about a kiosk Home or a Kiosk. car?

Anthony Osborne

I think it's the lack of a flat surface area that makes it "graffiti-proof". I personally love the design, it reminds me of a futuristic city from some video game I played years ago... maybe Deus Ex.

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