Folded metal kiosks by Make open like a paper fan

London architecture office Make has designed a portable prefabricated kiosk with a folded aluminium shell that opens and closes like a paper fan (+ movie).

Folded metal kiosks by Make open like a paper fan

Make based the design of the kiosks on the folded paper forms of Japanese origami, but chose to reproduce them in metal to create a compact and robust structure that can house street vendors.

Folded metal kiosks by Make open like a paper fan

"Origami was fundamental in developing the design; the ideas of a folding fan informed the design and folded paper models were used throughout the process, right up to the final testing of the completed design," project architect Sean Affleck told Dezeen.

Folded metal kiosks by Make open like a paper fan

Two of the kiosks were installed in a public plaza at London's Canary Wharf and acted as information and vending points for the duration of an ice-sculpting festival last month.

Folded metal kiosks by Make open like a paper fan

Affleck said the kiosks were created to perform multiple functions at different venues: "They've been designed to be used anywhere and for a multitude of purposes; from serving coffee, to information points, to a spot for DJs at events."

Folded metal kiosks by Make open like a paper fan

The folded structure is made from hinged aluminium panels that radiate from a central axis and are treated with a resilient powder-coated finish.

Folded metal kiosks by Make open like a paper fan

A counterweight system controlled by a winch raises the front of the kiosk upwards from the base to create an opening that reveals the interior.

Folded metal kiosks by Make open like a paper fan

The folded section forms a canopy that protects the inside and anyone standing in front of the counter.

Folded metal kiosks by Make open like a paper fan

An interior space measuring 1.95 by 3 metres is lined with a plywood skin covered with a waterproof membrane, while a further layer of cladding