Fringe Festival Half Price Hut

Collective Architecture, Edinburgh, 2014


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A ticket kiosk for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Half Price Hut (HPH) sells half price tickets for Edinburgh Fringe shows. In 2014, the architect was commissioned by the Fringe to develop a design for a new hut that would increase the number of sales points/windows from six to eight.

Two of these windows are dedicated to ticket collections only and three of the windows are wheelchair accessible.

The huts are only in use for the duration of the festival and require to be stored for the remainder of the year.

From the brief, the architect identified two key drivers for the design of a new HPH; a functional space that meets the growing demand of the event that can be assembled and stored easily and a structure that has a strong visual presence on the Mound.

Two converted shipping containers provide watertight accommodation for ticket sales and production office staff. The shipping containers provide support for lightweight timber roof structures that can be stored within the containers when not in use.

The scaffolding and decorative panels can be constructed in various configurations providing, potentially, a ‘new shape’ each year.

The visual style of the structure relates to the notion of the 'hut' and the neighbouring market stalls, while allowing for integration of the sponsor’s branding.


  • Begun: Jul 2014
  • Completed: Jun 2014
  • Floor area: 35m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £50,000
  • Tender date: May 2014
  • Procurement: Design and Build
  • Address: The Mound, 26 Gallowgate, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL, United Kingdom

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