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Kiosk // 2016 

Phoenix, AZ

Sq. Ft.: 264 

Category: Public Space, Other Structures

The approach for designing an abstract form is derived from artists similar to Theo Van Doesburg who created, "The Cow".  The kiosk is art, it is a study composition brought to life.  Futuristic, unique, and artistic; are words of influence to illustrate this kiosk.  The inspiration behind the design lies within its location: The Valley of the Sun, also known as Phoenix, Arizona.     

The kiosk itself is to speak to the future; be futuristic.  The research began with understanding Arizona, it's demographics, the various cities, the history, and the culture. 

The shape of the kiosk was derived from the Three Sisters Monument and is transformed into three modules with the intention to keep the rough shapes to convey mass and rigidity to stand the test of time.  

Components of the exterior, like the copper color, reflect the Grand Canyon in an abstract form with the interior design following suit to give the illusion of being inside a huge rock.  In the process of complimenting Arizona's rock formations and preexisting buildings, the architecture of the kiosk is intended to look solid, heavy, and permanent.  There is a small marriage between the architecture and the interior to make the user's experience feel connected to nature.

Due to the pre-existing bulk of the copper panels, it was an experimental process to search for a material for the foundation that intentionally juxtaposes. While aerogel would never be used for structural/foundation purposes, the design intent is to provide the illusion that a rock can float; to give this large mass an ephemeral base. 

With an average temperature of 85 degrees Fahrenheit, Phoenix faces a blistering sun which was another strong consideration.  The panels are futuristically designed with integrated solar panels to absorb the sun and best use the solar energy to the kiosks advantage.  Another futuristic component includes it's "adaptability" technology in which the lower temperatures in the night are stored through the panels that help cool the interior during the hot days.

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