Kiosque Saint-Nazaire by Topos Architecture


French studio Topos Architecture have completed a pair of perforated fast-food kiosks on the seafront at Saint-Nazaire, France.

Called Kiosque Saint-Nazaire, the wooden kiosks are protected at night by screens perforated with spiral patterns that reference sea shells.

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Photographs are by Stéphane Chalmeau.

The following text is from the architects:

Programme: conception and construction of removable fast food Kiosks, on the sea front

Saint-Nazaire’s sea front was recently the object of an important urban requalification work, intended "to turn the city to the sea".

Finished in 2005, it now looks like a pedestrian walk.

It is lined with lawns, the town side has trees and there are small squares to punctuate it.

From now on, kiosks need to fit into this new landscape, and liven it up with elegance.

Constructive system: a module in wood with cut out aluminium shutters. The architects opted for a modular solution due to the tight construction schedule.

6 metres long by 3.30 metres wide, the kiosk is made up of a "standard" module in wood with aluminium shutters, cut in the form of shells and covered with a fine sand surface.

When the kiosk is open, the shutters fold back and show the wood. They are 5mm thick and fixed to rails at the top, moving in a “Kazed” style.

A strong locking system means they can be held in place at right angles to the facade.

At night, all the area around the kiosk is lit up thanks to the light from inside the shutters.

Location: Saint-Nazaire (44) - France
Surface: 20 m2
Project owner: Town of Saint-Nazaire

Posted on Thursday March 4th 2010 at 12:47 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Al-Ishaq

    I like it but…
    I see big room for innovative improvement.
    It seems like a well furnished container box. Does it have to be so cubic? One might argue that its for mass storage and ease of relocating just like a big container and I agree.

    If only ‘somehow’ the shape after installation can be less rectangular.

  • Kristen

    is it selling food inside?my first impression of it would be an installation.why the facade is even like that?

  • uzey

    That box? for a food kiosk? What are you doing man? This is what you call a ‘design’? You don’t even mention the site context. I mean, are you designing this thing here for human? and where’s all the people? Aren’t they supposed to be here on earth? And of all places exist on that planet, the park is abandoned?…Then, whose the user?

    Be realistic. It’s a food kiosk, for god’s sake. Put some human activities there, show some values. You worship minimalism so much you throw away the human? At least put some dogs so we know the scale.

    Come on man. Design something worth seeing. To realize this design will sure cost somebody’s money, and all you give them is a beautifully-scored box?Think.

  • jing

    now i know transparency is the key for women dress as well as architectures…

  • I know it is easier to be negative but this really just looks like a glorified storage container. I do realize that it is for vending food so I will admit that it looks 100x better than a Burger King sitting there. I also love the aluminium shutters. If it was something a little more than a storage container with sweet aluminium shutters I would be actually excited than disappointed.

  • junk

    It looks like a container because it is!

    from wikipedia : “kiosk… The word, which is of Persian origin, refers to an object that acts as a shadow or shade-maker.”

  • JP

    this is a light box or light shade to be placed at home..


  • Anthony

    You understand there is a kiosk is a lean mobile, know that concrete is prohibited on the waterfront, as in France, it is forbidden to build on the waterfront with the Coastal Act, This structure is open only in summer for tourists and its size “boxes” can easily transport it by truck. In France it is environmentally friendly.

  • Sergio

    I honestly think this is gorgeous. I would love to be in a park surrounded by this ‘kiosks’…
    I think the architect is very talented, and anyone who is talking shizzz about it is just jealous cause they didn’t think about this before.

  • I really and truly like this; easily recognizable at a distance, discrete in the landscape, but also very warm and inviting. Pitch perfect; this is the kind of concept that I wouldn’t mind at all being mass produced and sold worldwide. Call it Son of Chrome Lunch Wagon