The architects at London-based Buchanan Partnership have just built this tiny little flower stall for a shop in Ladbroke Grove, its CNC-milled exterior inspired by the rippling textures of electron scanning microscope images of plants.

As architect Kyle Buchanan explains, such photos "reveal tiny three-dimensional ridge patterns across the petal surface. These ridges intensify the color of the flower and act as a graspable surface for bees and other insects," and they also give this tiny structure its character.

Buchanan adds that kiosks—as diminutive as they are—actually play an outsized role in London's architectural history: "London's streets have a long history of kiosk buildings," he points out, "including the ornate ironwork public toilet on Foley Street, and the police station in Trafalgar Square, which is in the base of a lamp post, and was the smallest police station in the world when it was manned. These kiosks have often had a wider infrastructural role; for example, the K2 and K3 red telephone boxes by Gilbert-Scott and, one of my favorites, the post box, quite a number of which now enjoy Listed Building status."


Stop by the kiosk in Ladbroke Grove for an after-work bouquet and judge for yourself. [Buchanan Partnership]