Saturday, 8 August 2015

The Kiosk

"Turkish Figures Before a Kiosk" by Count Amadeo Preziosi (1816-1882)
The word kiosk traces its roots to the Turkish köşk, meaning villa or pavilion, via the Persian kuš. And Istanbul is the spiritual home of the fibreglass modular kiosk, known locally as a kulübe or kabin, which mean hut and cabin. 

Although they can be found throughout Turkey, and further abroad including Greece and even the UK, the highest concentration of kiosks is found in Istanbul. They are everywhere, on almost every street corner, in every ad hoc car park and at bus station serving tea, dispensing tickets or housing resting drivers. They are outside of every building with even the slightest need for a security guard.

The huts have a vast array of different applications, only limited by the imagination of the occupant, from tea stalls to taxi dispatch offices and from ticket booths to sentry boxes for Turkey's legions of underemployed private security personnel.

The huts are modular and can be infinitely conjoined to form sometimes palatial work spaces, with the monoplex (as kiosk spotters – or kulubbers – call a single-unit module) forming the basic building block.

They can be rented or purchased from leading kiosk suppliers including Karmod and Safter. To buy a kiosk will set you back anywhere between $1,000 for a monoplex up to $4,000 for a spacious octuplex.

Once you notice them, you can't stop noticing them. If you have a picture of a kiosk you've spotted, please send it to

Happy kulubbing!

In the media
A feature on the TKP in the new Bulent journal of contemporary Turkey

"This is the world's foremost blog about modular fibreglass huts." The Turkish Kiosk Project

"My last trip in October, I looked at these in a different, more respectful light because of the project. Thank you." Marina  

"Proud to have made my first contribution to this wonderfully quirky Turkish Kiosk Project." Yigal Schliefer, Christian Science Monitor

"Aye, it's a blog." A Scotsman

"Excellent way of describing, and good paragraph to take data regarding my presentation subject matter, which I am going to present in academy." Anonymous


Monday, 6 April 2015

Diyarbakır Adliye Sarayı, Yenişehir

Ahead of the trial of Dutch journalist Frederike Geerdink on Wednesday, April 8, here is a lone pagoda-top found at the rear of the Adliye Sarayı (courthouse) in Yenişehir, Diyarbakır. 

She is being charged with disseminating propaganda for the PKK. 

Thanks to our correspondent.

Thursday, 19 February 2015


A newish white monoplex found on a construction site just outside of Gallipoli. 

Our correspondent reports that workmen put it on its side on purpose to avoid it being knocked over by the lodos (the strong southwesterly wind that buffets Turkey's coastline all year).

Thanks to our correspondent Jason Jones.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015


Abdi İpekçi, Nişantaşı, in snow.

Thanks to our correspondent Zeynep Erdim.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Akçakale Gümrük Kapısı

A brace of prefabricated security huts spotted on the Tukey-Syria border at the Akçakale Gümrük Kapısı crossing point. 

Thanks to our intrepid and beloved correspondent. 

Sunday, 25 January 2015

A walk through Edirne

Former Ottoman capital Edirne is blessed with a dazzle array of architectural wonders and the commensurate fleet of kiosks.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

A walk through Üsküdar

A selection of the many kiosks dotted around the historic neighbourhood of Üsküdar. These pictures taken on the day of the first direct election of a president in the history of the Turkish republic. 

From the archives: JUne 8, 2014. You have to squint to see the white duplex on the quayside. 

Sunday, 3 August 2014

A walk through Haydarpaşa, Kadıköy

In and around the famous Haydarpaşa railway station in Kadıköy on Istanbul's Asian side. The station was built in 1906 by German engineers, who established a small but now vanished community nearby. It building was damaged by fire in 2010 during restoration work and lost its roof and the fourth floor. There are plans to turn it into a hotel, so it is rumoured. 

Saturday, 2 August 2014


Narli, close to Erdek on the Sea of Marmara Sea. This kiosk is selling balik ekmek (fish bread).

"How sad" says our contibuter. In tegendeel, says the TKP. Prachtig!

Thanks to Dirk Vermeiren

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The road from Dalyan

These are but a few of the many and various kiosks on the way to and from Dalyan beach on the Black Sea coast of Istanbul