The 7 projects for “Edicola del future” (Newsstand of the future)

Edicola del future

Nemo Monti has conceived a project to encourage the design of a new model of Newsstand for the 21st century. Developed with Corriere della Sera, one of the main Italian daily newspaper, the project is aimed at giving to the newspaper supply and distribution chain new venues for dialoguing with the public, restoring newsstands’ centrality in today’s urban landscape.

Under the curatorship of Luca Molinari Studio, a design competition has been launched involving seven international studios whose brief is to rethink the traditional newsstand: in the sense of what it should look like, but also how it should relate to urban space and the services it offers to the public. Source and images Courtesy of Nemo Monti.

Edge Design Studio – Gary Chang – Edihub
A modular design allowing maximum flexibility and customisation. Edihub brings to mind lego: it is made of standard prefabricated steel and glass modules that, in addition to ensuring easy maintenance and management, can be stacked and assembled in different configurations. The basic parts are selected by the newsagent and can be oriented and moved over time, also by the users.

The result is a newsstand in progress, which changes with the time of day, the seasons, the weather and how it is used. The modules are designed to respond to different functions: the space thus accommodates the newspaper sales area like a secret club, storage, relaxation, green, technological areas… The presence of LED screens and monitors on the walls opens the way to displaying news in real time or giving space to advertisements.

El Equipo Mazzanti – Time for Play
The Colombian studio proposes a newsstand that becomes urban furniture, public space and meeting place. Usable both open and closed thanks to its shutter canopy, Time for Play is both a relational object and a stage for shared activities, transforming itself from a newsstand proper to a platform for events or a play area.

The wooden structure is made up of 3 petals and a central connecting module: the kit can be assembled to create different configurations while the surface, like the walls of a carpentry workshop, present 3 cm holes that transform the architecture into a modular playground.

Embt – Benedetta Tagliabue – Rotative
The iconic printing machine is re-proposed in the structure of a new kiosk that looks like a square within the square. Rotative is a highly recognizable location, the physical space where a newspaper is created becomes an instrument of urban narrative: a place not only to buy newspapers, but also to read them, draw, chill out…

The large rotary cylinders become a canopy, seat, shelter, to welcome the contemporary urban community.

Fabio Novembre Studio – Arcade
The theme of the arch and the gallery becomes symbolic of the creation of a newsstand in a project that starts with the desire to rediscover the past by dressing it up in contemporary meaning. Arcade is an iconic, flexible and connective space, a gallery that is not merely a place of transit, but a multipurpose hub.

Other services are offered with the newsstand: an interactive map of the city, vending machines and an Amazon locker, while externally the space is brightened up by luminous showcases and lightboxes. The shape of the architecture makes for excellent natural lighting of the spaces, illuminated at night by LED profiles and backlit displays. On the roof photovoltaic panels provide the energy necessary for the structure to function.

Gambardella Architetti – The Newsclub
The most authentic aspects of the classic newsstand have been analyzed and preserved to retrieve the original idea of the stand and its power to bring people together. The Newsclub is an urban fixture presenting different levels of functionality, a living space to spend a few minutes in as well as a few hours, as in a town club.

The heart of the project is a space reminiscent of a domestic living room: a space to relax in, meet people, read and discuss. The basic modular structure with 4 elements attached, is designed to accommodate a children’s area, as well as toilets, the aim being maximum convenience. The structure, with variable geometry and colours depending on the reference context, is also open to the outside, becoming a framework for community and cultural happenings.

Lina Ghotmeh Architecture – Vital new-stand
A tiny active space for the city, a chameleon-like object inspired by the archetypical house, suitable for any context. Vital consists of a basic structure just over a meter wide, which can be aggregated ad infinitum.

A multitude of functions can coexist side by side, as in an urban centipede: newsstand, info point, café, show case, book crossing, waste collection… Each module has its own space and its own occupants. The basic iconic profile makes these micro-architectures readily recognizable and the project has a strong sustainable footprint both in terms of materials and energy.

Matali Crasset – Edicola Belvedere
This concept is inspired by the French “Folies”, recreational pavilions that were an integral part of French city parks in the 19th century. The boundaries between private and public commercial space merge to offer three different scenarios for use in a single structure, designed to expand the relationship between newsstand and city.

At ground level, Edicola Belvedere presents a sales area with a big center table for consulting newspapers; on the first floor is an urban belvedere: a covered wooden terrace where you can rest, read, discuss, socialize. Connecting the two spaces is an outside wooden staircase: a small theatre capable of hosting small presentations and events, flanked by a vegetal wall.

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