Mizzi Studio was commissioned by artisan brand Colicci to replace ageing refreshment kiosks across The Royal Parks, London as part of a significant public realm enhancement project. The high-profile project included the delivery of a coffee house near the Serpentine lake in the summer of 2017, as well as a family of nine “handcrafted” kiosks in prominent locations within Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park.
The kiosks’ installation roll-out began in October 2018, with the final kiosk erected on site at St James’s Park in April 2021. The installation of the Horseshoe Bend Kiosk below Buckingham Palace, clad in tubular brass and mirrors the ornate precious metals of the nearby Sir Thomas Brock’s Queen Victoria Memorial, represented the final leg in the project’s completion.
Responding to the Grade I listed landscape, our team at Mizzi Studio has designed each kiosk to sit sympathetically in its environment informed by the architectural or organic elements it shares its space with. The freestanding kiosks are conceived as a family of individual curvaceous structures with a graceful tree-like canopy that unites their design language. Each kiosk is unique, tailored to the history, nuances, and demographics of its respective site. The initial eight kiosks are clad in hand “steam-bent” English oak timber, developed in collaboration with British designer and maker Tom Raffield.
The kiosks’ 360-degree sculptural canopy swells outwards like a tree’s crown, creating recognisable silhouettes. The organic- inspired volumes follow a continuous shape with varying degrees of curvature and differing cladding profiles, each providing contrasting textures. Each design variation is informed by the architectural or organic elements that the kiosk shares its space with. Together with Colicci’s Director Rob Colicci, Jonathan Mizzi, Director of Mizzi Studio, spent months exploring the parks’ heritage. Each kiosk is unique, tailored to the history, nuances, and demographics of its respective site.
Material Used :
1. Original Style Tiles - Pugin Blue Tiles
2. La Marzocco - Coffee Machine
3. Contract Chair - Serpentine Coffee House - Wanda Chair
4. Artech Lighting - Serpentine Coffee House - Artech Teres Luminaire
5. Shaws of Brighton - Serpentine Coffee House - Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems
6. Shaws of Brighton - Serpentine Coffee House - Ash 120 Door Pull Handle in Brass Satin Finish
7. KBI Flexistone - Serpentine Coffee House - Flexi-Stone HDST35 in Cappuccino