Complied by Leah Linhares
Photography: Courtesy Studio Bouroullec
Designers’ dream-team – Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec stride ahead, proving their profound love for design with their new project - Kiosque.
Commissioned by real estate group, Emerige, the designers’ sensibilities have directed a move away from the usual type of structures to come up with a modular, standalone unit that could initially be used as a display area and point-of-sale for the Batignolles project (a previous project of Emerige) but could then be taken down and re-assembled for other purposes: The result is Kiosque.
The Bouroullec Brothers rode on a basic idea - to create an itinerant and versatile platform that could welcome different kind of events; this was the birth of the two modular pavillions of identical glass and steel containers.
Built like urban furniture, the Kiosque is a powder-coated steel structure measuring 11.943 x 6.8 x 3.25 m (including the extensive roof), with three sides anointed with large French windows and the fourth, with a solid door.
The modular rectangular unit displays a broad wavy roof, which overhangs the walls on all sides, creating a sheltered external terrace lit by lamps hanging around the edge of the roof, by evening. Sliding panels along both of the long sides can be pulled back to expose the windows or closed in order to completely ‘shut’ the unit. Like the structure, the 5 mm roof can be folded into itself in two-panel sections. A space for exhibitions, relaxation, meetings and more - the Kiosque can be easily transported inside a truck and assembled in three hours.
A preview of the two copies of Kiosque was open to the public till 5th November 2015, in the Jardin des Tuileries, as part of the ‘Hors les Murs’ extension of the 2015 International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC). Thereafter, the Kiosques were to be donated to the city of Paris as a mobile venue for social and cultural projects for the public.