Hujitsubo Kiosk for Chicago Biennial

Japanese architect and designer Toshiki Hirano has conceived a lakefront kiosk for the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Entitled ‘Hujitsubo’, this kiosk has been designed for multipurpose uses. This cozy inward looking space provides shelter from the sun and at the same time the stairs on its outer side facilitate seating for passers-by.

Courtesy of Toshiko Hirano

Courtesy of Toshiki Hirano

At first glance, ‘Hujitsubo’ appears heavy due to its 17 feet high shells, four in number, which are stitched together at the top giving out a more or less seamless appearance. However, these shells are hollow from the inside. The other design elements comprise a deck, a central elliptical counter-top and a steel ring comprising the counter ceiling.

Courtesy of Toshiko Hirano

Courtesy of Toshiki Hirano

During the day, the skylights placed on top of the external plywood shells ensure plenty of light into the central zone, whereas at night the shells are illuminated from the inside through artificial lighting, providing the perfect environment for DJ’s to shuffle music.

Courtesy of Toshiko Hirano

Courtesy of Toshiki Hirano

The subtle color of the shells, in stark contrast with its bold form ensures that the kiosk blends well with any type of surrounding. The kiosk is mobile since it is constructed on a wheel pedestal, allowing for easy transportation from one place to another.

BY: Priyanka Shah

Edited by: Zeynab Matar

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