This kiosk punctuates the lakefront landscape with a distinctive, recognizable figure. Its origin is in the play between two-dimensional figure and three-dimensional space that is inherent to all architectural design. Ambiguities in figure, tectonic, scale, and presence create intriguing visual and spatial effects that attract visitors and engage a larger territory than the kiosk physically occupies.

The Unstable Figure:
The leaves of the kiosk’s outer shell create an abstract figure in the landscape. Their irregular inverted-arch shape, perfectly flat surfaces, and concealed supports create visual and scalar ambiguity.
The figure that makes up each leaf is not recognizable as a known object. It is simply a shape. It does not imply a specific scale, materiality, or function. Its meaning, if any, and its reason for occupying this site are not immediately clear.
The super-flat tectonic of the leaves supports this unstable reading. The flat shape is difficult to identify as a solid in space, particularly because its means of support are not visible. The curve tentatively grazes the ground at one point, and the upper corners touch but do not engage their adjacent figures. This visual instability expands the figure’s influence beyond its borders, creating a surrounding zone of formal tension in anticipation of the figure falling or tipping.

Expanded Presence:
The expansion of the kiosk’s visual and spatial presence is supported by the folding mechanism of the outer leaves. When the kiosk is in use, the leaves are fully expanded in place, capturing more territory. The public can enter the shaded zone between the leaves and the inner mirrored box to interact with the kiosk. This zone is neither interior nor exterior. It provides a “behind-the-scenes” experience of the space contained by the seemingly two-dimensional figures of the leaves.
The folding leaves also have practical implications. When the leaves are folded in, their position prevents the doors from being opened, providing a level of security when the kiosk is not open. The folded position also reduces the actual footprint of the kiosk by half, allowing it to be lifted by forklift and relocated as needed.

The visual experience of the kiosk is primarily the experience of the figure of the outer leaves, and mirrors support this hierarchy. The inner box of the kiosk, including the access door and the transaction window, is entirely clad in mirrors. This mirrored surface visually multiplies the outer leaves while rendering the solid interior of the kiosk visually ambiguous. Reflecting the waterfront landscape, the mirrors will disappear from some vantage points, supporting the abstract reading of the outer figures and eliding the distinction between interior and exterior.

Front view 

Kiosk leaves 

Interior mirrored box 

Kiosk with open leaves 

Kiosk with closed leaves - secured 

Model photo - open leaves 

Model photo - open leaves 

Model photo - closed leaves 

Model photo - above 

Kiosk plan 

Kiosk plan - closed leaves 

Kiosk section 

Kiosk elevations 

View towards back entrance