Easily transportable aluminum kiosks designed by UK-based architectural firm Make provide street vendors in London with a secure way to close up shop for the night while simultaneously adding a touch of eye-catching public art to the landscape. Inspired by Japanese origami, the designers crafted a folding metal shell that opens and closes by the use of a winch.
Inside, the space is covered with waterproof plywood and include a gap for insulation so that the structures do not overheat in the sun. Additionally, when open, a metal awning protects the user and anyone standing under it from excessive sunlight or precipitation. The designs are also treated with a powder-coated paint job so vandalism such as graffiti can easily be removed.
Two kiosks have recently been deployed at the public plaza on London’s Canary Wharf. They are currently being used as information checkpoints for a local ice carving festival and will remain at the space beyond the event to be rented out for various uses.
Check out the video below to see a kiosk and its intricate folds.