"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.
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 email@example.com.
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
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