Movie: m.poli by Brut Deluxe
and ImagenSubliminal

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An eery town of kiosks for temporary street markets by Brut Deluxe is used as the set for this short horror movie by ImagenSubliminal.

Movie: m.poli by Brut Deluxe and ImagenSubliminal

Munich and Madrid-based Brut Deluxe's m.poli metal kiosks are designed to look like basic archetypal houses, each with four sides and a pitched roof.

Movie: m.poli by Brut Deluxe and ImagenSubliminal

The City of Madrid ordered 275 units for events, but when the huts are not in use they are stored together in rows and form a small deserted town - the backdrop for the scary film.

Movie: m.poli by Brut Deluxe and ImagenSubliminal

In the movie a frightened female character is seen running through alleyways between the homogenous metal houses.

Movie: m.poli by Brut Deluxe and ImagenSubliminal

She is chased into a clearing by a man dressed in black running over the roofs, to be confronted by a figure wielding an axe.

Movie: m.poli by Brut Deluxe and ImagenSubliminal

Directed by architect and photographer Miguel de Guzmán of ImagenSubliminal, the black and white Hitchcock-esque film was made with the kiosk designers as a promotional tool.

Movie: m.poli by Brut Deluxe and ImagenSubliminal

The kiosks can be made in a range of steel finishes including Corten and stainless, and are textured with a scattering of small bumps.

Movie: m.poli by Brut Deluxe and ImagenSubliminal

A section of wall swings upwards to create a serving windows under a shelter, which can be covered with the stall's branding.

Movie: m.poli by Brut Deluxe and ImagenSubliminal

Inside they are lined with bright coloured panels and are entered through an inconspicuous door next to the window.

Movie: m.poli by Brut Deluxe and ImagenSubliminal

Miguel de Guzmán also directed a fantasy movie that features a wolf, three bears and Little Red Riding Hood filmed in a translucent house he designed in Spain.

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Here's what the designers say about the project:


The kiosk is designed to be used for temporary street markets or handicraft fairs. It isn’t thought of as an individual object, but as part of a whole that builds up a small village, a little world of its own fitted into the city. The design is based on archetypical images: town, house, chimney. When closed, the kiosk is a volume covered by a pitched roof, a house in its uttermost minimal expression. The scale and the shape are so basic that at first glance it might even be a toy, a Monopoly house.

Movie: m.poli by Brut Deluxe and ImagenSubliminal

Upon opening, the kiosk transforms. A part of its façade rotates upon the roof and the kiosk acquires a more vertical and striking proportion: that of a house with an oversized chimney. The chimney works as a great advertising board and is back-lit at night. With the transformation the kiosk reveals its inside, a house full of surprises, each one different and randomly coloured.

Movie: m.poli by Brut Deluxe and ImagenSubliminal

The base and the structure are made from structural profiles and tubing of galvanised steel, while the interior flooring is from anti-slip sheet aluminium on MDF boarding. The kiosk’s opening hatch is opaque and has three changeable positions: at 0 degrees closing the kiosk, at 90 degrees sheltering the counter from rain and sun, and at 180 degrees when the kiosk is fully open.

Movie: m.poli by Brut Deluxe and ImagenSubliminal

On the inside of the hatch, there are back lit panels for advertising the individual kiosk, which becomes visible at positions from 90 degrees to 180 degrees. One can access the kiosk through a door in the front facade next to the commerce hatch. The façade on the sides and back have no openings, damp-proofed with plates of pre-galvanised lacquered steel sheeting and covered with Corten Steel plate. The pitched roof also uses the same construction.

The kiosk m.poli has been made with four different types of steel facade: naturally rusted Corten steel, polished stainless steel, matt stainless steel, steel with black lacquer finish. Throughout its development it was important that it would be an autonomous structure with everything that it needs to function independently, and to install a unit into a square does not need precise civil engineering, just a lorry, and fork-lift truck.

Movie: m.poli by Brut Deluxe and ImagenSubliminal

The kiosk moves and is transportable as a single block. In a single movement a crane can offload the kiosk from the truck and place it in its final position. Just the same, if for some reason a unit needs to be moved or changed position, it can be done quickly and easily with just a fork lift truck, or even a hand operated hydraulic jack.

More than 95% of the weight of the kiosk is from steel, in various types and forms. These materials are made from 43% recycled metals, and in terms of re-use of materials, the kiosk renders almost completely recyclable.

  • smack

    That was a lot of things, but it wasn’t horror.