Architects often seek inspiration from contemporary art forms. While origami is an ancient practice, and although disputed, there is evidence of its popularity as a modern art form since the mid-1900s. The art of folded paper became the design influence for a set of portable kiosks created by London architecture firm, Make.
Utilizing paper models throughout the design process, the prefabricated kiosks act as paper fans. Only this shell features aluminum in an effort to create a durable design with the ability to withstand exterior elements.
Aluminum was chosen due to its lightweight and easy manipulation, while other natural materials would be far too heavy to mimic paper.
The kiosks were created for multiple purposes. Seen by the designers as the perfect venue for a portable coffee shop, information desk, DJ booth or even food vender. The aluminum shell features hinged panels that all radiate from a central point, allowing the interior to be revealed when folded.
In collaboration with metal fabricators, Entech Environmental Technology Ltd, the team manufactured, tested and pre-assembled the kiosks off site with the ability to be transported and installed with ease. The two modular kiosks debuted at the Canary Wharf’s Ice Sculpting Festival in London.
Images courtesy of © Make Architects
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DISCLAIMER: The following project does not feature Alucobond® aluminum composite material (ACM). The “Industry (Architecture)” section of our blog focuses on extraordinary architectural works from around the world. While this project does not feature our ACM, we have included comparable samples to what was used in the project above.