Second year starts and it’s a mini 3 week project to kick us off. Working in pairs of our choice (Mandy H in my case – possibly the most hardworking student I know!) and having chosen a site from 6 (all in various parts of Sheffield) the kiosk project begins.
Our site was Tudor Square in Sheffield. It plays host to the Crucible Theater, Lyceum theater and the WInter Gardens. Sheffield, coincidentally, is home to the second largest theater district outside of London. This fact was something we felt would play a key role in our design process.
Area not to exceed 5m squared
One individual product to be sold
Made for 1 person to work there
After trying to solve the project very much in our heads, we ended up going backwards in terms of a product to sell and market and a kiosk… Consequently we shifted focus to studying the site itself and generated a large plan which was used in a whole-year tutorial as an example! Scary times!
With some site analysis completed, we decided that we wanted a product that would link to the theatrical nature of the site. So we researched the demographics of people who go to the theater and looked for things that they may want. We tried various ideas before settling on popcorn sized donuts wrapped in a cone of theater script…. Perhaps an odd choice? All will become clear…
With a product in mind we began to analysis Kiosks. Perhaps some of our favourite examples were these Foundation Project Kiosks. Although we quickly came to the conclusion that this idea is something we probably wouldn’t work with here but a very nice thought!
So here is a montage of photographs of Camden taken by Mandy. We began to assess what makes a good kiosk? Temptation was seemingly a big thing. A lot of kiosks placed their products on the outside of the building alluring people to purchase things. But how would that work with donuts? People buy fresh donuts because they are warm, they melt in your mouth and there is this moment of anticipation as you watch the production…
The production of the donuts was to be crucial! A performance if you will! We wanted to create a process of production whereby the staff member becomes the performer in this dramatic manual production line. This panorama was something we produced to show the various stages of production (there are actions but it’s a bit hard to do those in a cyber fashion!)
With the product and its process settled, it was time to focus on our kiosk. How could we utilise architecture to maximise the experience? We looked around at various set design, minimalist sets and black box theaters before arriving at the conclusion that we really needed a minimal structure. Something that wouldn’t detract from the performance.
The following two images look at some of the precedents we studied, both architecturally and in terms of emphasising the show.
We ended up with a very simple, minimalist steel dual structure that allows the inner counter to be locked down separately keeping the structure open at night. This, as we then realised, could be a primary place to inhabit overnight, which, considering this is a food making kiosk during the day, perhaps doesn’t appeal to the best hygiene rules…
And so our solution was to make the canopy lid moveable so at night, the lid lifts to become a large, patternated steel sculpture illuminated at night. Below were our final photoshopped schemes.
So how did we do? First project, everybody is eager for feedback from the tutors, and I’m pleased to say I have the feedback sheet:
All in all a pretty successful project, one which I will remember throughout my time here. Thoroughly enjoyable with a great productive partnership, a project we could really sink our teeth into. The bar is set high for this year!