kiosk m.poli    kiosco m.poli para mercadillos de artesanía temporales, 2006


client: Primur SA

constructor: Primur SA

area: 2m x 3m x 2,40m (height)

year: 2006

photography: miguel de guzman

project: ben busche, isabel barbas  team: alonso frolich

status: 275 units sold (City of Madrid)



El kiosco está ideado para mercadillos y ferias temporales. No será un objeto aislado en la configuración urbana sino que formará un conjunto creando un pequeño pueblo insertado en la ciudad, un pequeño mundo aparte. El diseño está inspirado en imágenes arquetípicas: pueblo, casa, chimenea... Cerrado, el kiosco es un volumen con una cubierta a dos aguas, una casa en su mínima expresión. La escala y configuración son tan reducidas que parece de juguete, una “casa de monopoli“.

Al abrirse, el kiosco se transforma. Una parte del frente se eleva por encima de la cubierta y el kiosco adquiere una proporción mucho más vertical y llamativa: una casa con una potente chimenea.



La chimenea funciona como panel publicitario retroiluminada por la noche. Con esta transformación, cada kiosco desvela su interior, una casa llena de sorpresas, cada una distinta y de colores variados.

El exterior es de acero cortén con un dibujo floral estampado. En series futuras de fabricación se proponen otros acabados exteriores como madera o vidrio sin alterar la configuración principal del kiosco.

En diciembre de 2006, el Ayuntamiento de Madrid ha instalado 100 unidades en tres mercadillos de artesanía. Los kioscos se reutilizarán en todo tipo de ferias en laciudad en los próximos años.

short description:


The kiosk is designed to be used for temporary street markets or handicraft fairs. It isn’t thought of as an individual object, but as part of a whole that builds up a small village, a little world of its own fitted into the city. The design is based on archetypical images: town, house, chimney… When closed, the kiosk is a volume covered by a pitched roof, a house in its uttermost minimal expression. The scale and the shape are so basic that at first glance it might even be a toy, a Monopoly house.

Upon opening, the kiosk transforms. A part of its façade rotates upon the roof and the kiosk acquires a more vertical and striking proportion: that of a house with an oversized chimney. The chimney works as a great advertising board and is back-lit at night. With the transformation the kiosk reveals its inside, a house full of surprises, each one different and randomly colored.

The base and the structure are made from structural profiles and tubing of galvanized steel, while the interior flooring is from anti-slip sheet aluminum on MDF boarding. The kiosk’s opening hatch is opaque and has three changeable positions: at 0 degrees closing the kiosk, at 90 degrees sheltering the counter from rain and sun, and at 180 degrees when the kiosk is fully open.

On the inside of the hatch, there are back lit panels for advertising the individual kiosk, which becomes visible at positions from 90 degrees to 180 degrees. One can access the kiosk through adoor in the front facade next to the commerce hatch.  The façade on the sides and back have no openings, damp-proofed with plates of pregalvanised lacquered steel sheeting and covered with Corten Steel plate. The pitched roof also uses the same construction.



The kiosk m.poli has been made with four different types of steel facade: naturally rusted Corten steel, polished stainless steel, matt stainless steel, steel with black lacquer finish. Throughout its development it was important that it would be an autonomous structure with everything that it needs to function independently, and to install a unit into a square does not need precise civil engineering, just a lorry, and fork-lift truck. 

The kiosk moves and is transportable as a single block. In a single movement a crane can offload the kiosk from the truck and place it in its final position. Just the same, if for some reason a unit needs to be moved or changed position, it can be done quickly and easily with just a fork lift truck, or even ahand operated hydraulic jack.

More than 95% of the weight of the kiosk is from steel, in various types and forms. These materials are made from 43% recycled metals, and in terms of re-use of materials, the kiosk renders almost completely recyclable.


publications (selection)


Diseño Interior nº 318, (Spain), July 2019

Ephemeral Architecture, Promopress Editions (Spain) 2016

ecoms (Japan) Issue 37, february 2014

AV Monografías (Spain) Issue 140 ObraMínima, june 2011

move – architecture en motion (CH), Birkhäuser V., feb 2010

Materi(Italy),Issue 65 Architetture Attive, january 2010

Detail (Germany), Issue 12 Experimentelles Bauen, dec 2009

Domes (Greece) Issue 83, Vol 08/09, sept 2009

Indian Architect & Builder (India), Vol 22 (12), august 2009

CAIS (Portugal), nº 142, july 2009

amc (France), hors série lumiere, june 2009

Interni (Russia), nº 11, march 2009

Spacecraft 2 (Germany), Gestalten Verlag, Berlin 2009

Arkitekten (Denmark), february 2009

Tasarim (Turkey), nº 188, february 2009

b-guided (Spain), nº 38, winter 2009

Architectural Review (UK), nº 1342, december 2008

Architectural Record (USA), nº 12, december 2008

arq./a (Portugal) arquitecturae arte, nº 63, october 2007

Aren(South Korea), august 2008

Design Quarterly (Australia), nº 30, august 2008

Detail (Spain), nº 4, april 2008

c3 (South Korea), nº 281, january 2008

domus (Italy), nº 910, january 2010

Construir (Portugal), nº 114, november 2007

Paisajes Construcción (Spain), nº 33, november 2007

Diseño Interior (Spain), nº 183, october 2007

a10magazine (EU), nº 14, march 2007

wallpaper (UK), march 2007


prizes and awards


Architect.  Review Awards for Emerging Architecture 08: HM

Premio Outros Mercadus 2008, First Prize





m.poli - the movie on vimeo

and reviews in dezeen and archdaily


The kiosk was designed to be used in temporary street fairs. 275 units were bought by the City of Madrid. While not in use, they sit in the outskirts of Madrid for storage and maintenance. Together they form a strange little town. The atmosphere of this setting is the only inspiration for this video, independent from the original project.
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