Potters Fields Park Kiosks

DSDHA, London, 2007


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Blossom Square Kiosk next to Tower Bridge 

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  • Blossom Square Kiosk next to Tower Bridge    
  • Blossom Square Kiosk    
  • Potters Fields Park and Tower Bridge    
  • Parkside Pavilion in the shadow of City Hall    
  • The striking burned-wood facade of the large kiosk    
  • Framed views from the interior of the kiosks are the result of intensive sightline research    
  • Framed views from the interior of the kiosks are the result of intensive sightline research    
  • Potters Fields Park Kiosks site plan    
  • Parkside Kiosk plan    
  • Parkside Kiosk elevations    
  • Blossom Square Kiosk plan    
  • Blossom Square Kiosk elevations    
  • Sightline research    
  • Parkside model    
  • Parkside model    
  • Parkside cantilever section - north and south    
  • Parkside cantilever section - east and west    

Two timber pavilions along the River Thames. Parkside Pavilion sits adjacent to City Hall, whilst Blossom Square Pavilion is next to Tower Bridge

The UK’s first charred timber building, Parkside Pavilion has a distinctive silhouette that offsets the iconic structures that surround it. Its enormous timber clad cantilever provides sheltered public space for the park and the café terrace.

Its materiality is inspired by the hidden history of the site, which was extensively bombed during the Blitz. The architect worked closely with timber contractors Martin Childs Ltd. to perfect a technique to burn the timber cladding for the pavilion.

The new café at Blossom Square Pavilion, next to the listed structure of Tower Bridge, is made from whitened timber. As well as providing amenities, it generates income for the Community Trust to maintain this high profile park owned by Southwark and designed by Gross Max Landscape Architects.


  • Begun: Dec 2006
  • Completed: Oct 2007
  • Floor area: 295m2
  • Sector: Retail
  • Total cost: £956,100
  • Procurement: JCT 98 without quantities
  • Address: Parkside Kiosk, Potters Fields Park, Tooley Street, London, SE1 2RL, United Kingdom

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