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Paperhouse London Kiosk Design

Kensington & Chelsea Kiosk Development design by Heatherwick Studio

12 Aug 2009

Paperhouse London

Location: west London, England, UK

Date built: 2009

Design: Heatherwick Studio

Location: Kensington & Chelsea

Function: Newspaper Kiosks

Photographs: Cristobal Palma

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The studio was commissioned by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea to design kiosks for selling newspapers at a number of locations throughout the borough. The existing stands that the kiosks will replace are dull rectangular boxes on the street; their roller shutters make them dead and unwelcoming by night, flat surfaces make them a target for graffiti and their canopies are awkward to use. The poor design of their structure means that the vendor has to spend up to an hour, morning and evening, setting up and packing away the stand.

The studio wanted to design a kiosk without flat surfaces on the outside that looks good by night as well as day, with a different kind of opening and closing mechanism to make the vendor’s life easier.

The new kiosk has a distinctive, stepping-outward form – the result of a more ergonomic arrangement of magazine shelves which also makes the outside a less obvious target for vandalism. The uppermost roof sections are made of toughened glass, so that light comes into the kiosk by day and shines out of it by night. Instead of a heavy roller shutter which has to be lifted, the kiosks open by rotating the front sections out around the structure. The kiosks are made of wood, with an external coating of patinated brass.

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Paperhouse – Building Information

Project Name: Paperhouse
Location: London
Completed: Jun 2008
Client: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea – Daniel Moylan
Designer: Heatherwick Studio
Design Development: Heatherwick Studio in partnership with Nader Mokhtari
Manufacturer: Manage Ltd & sub-contractors
Fit out sub-contractor: 2D3D
Frame sub-contractor: Guttridge
Structural checks: TALL engineers

Photographs: Cristobal Palma

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