The kiosks that fold like paper

  • Bold aluminium retail stalls
  • Fronts fold up to reveal the stall inside
  • Prefabricated, portable and lightweight

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

Project Details

Location London, UK
Status Built 2013
Sectors Retail,
Area 10.6m²/114ft²
Client Canary Wharf Group plc

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 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.