just a black box transforms from street furniture into kiosk
all images courtesy of tomaso boano and jonas prišmontas




with the rapid growth of urban population and the building density increasing at enormous rates, public space is becoming more and more precious. trying to generate a better use of it, tomaso boano and jonas prišmontas are proposing to build ‘just a black box’, a piece of unobtrusive street furniture which — by lifting up its skin — is capable of transforming into a kiosk for either commercial or public use.

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when closed, ‘just a black box’ looks and can be used as street furniture




‘just a black box’ challenges and combines the concepts of kiosk and street furniture. by using simple hydraulic columns, the object is able to lift up its outside layer and become a customizable space with uses ranging from coffee shop, bike repair workshop, library and tickets office, to a small retail outlet or even a mini-cinema. when closed, it provides a series of intimate sitting spaces, that offer shelter from the strong winds and the harsh summer sun.

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plan view of the structure when used as street furniture




the kiosk is made using durable vandal-proof materials with exterior finishes that are comfortable and provide pleasurable interaction experiences for the users.
 its sculptural shape, with four different elevations, makes the structure look similar yet different from all sides. the greatest advantage of ‘just a black box’ kiosk is that unlike its predecessors, it is usable 24/7, 365 days per year.


‘just a black box’ aims to create curiosity and evoke people’s playfulness by creating a point of attraction and gathering that can be significantly beneficial in the revitalization of poor quality urban spaces.

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plan view of the structure when used as a kiosk

just a black box kiosk
the design of ‘just a black box’ makes it adaptable to different functions

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view of  ‘just a black box’ in london



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edited by: juliana neira | designboom