modsocs A-Z of modern manchester

modsocs A-Z of modern manchester


an alphabet of 20th century greater manchester architecture, from the manchester modernist society. in regular instalments from aldine to zochonis.

K is for Kiosk

KPosted by Jack Hale Tue, November 13, 2012 22:38:21
K8 Classic Red telephone Box

Bruce Martin 1968

Simon Engineering Building,

University of Manchester,

Brunswick St,

M13 9TU

The last design in the classic red kiosk series, epitomised by Giles Gilbert Scott's much loved and familiar K6, was the uber modern K8, unveiled in 1968 and hailed as a masterpiece of industrial design with its distinctive illuminated top, brighter red shade and large glass panels.

The design was chosen by Tony Benn when he was postmaster general at the height of Labour's enthusiasm for white heat technology. 11,000 were rolled out but now there only a dozen or so working boxes left scattered about the country, mainly in isolated areas, plus clusters in Swinton and Hull. The twentieth century society have declared them rarer than the dodo, so imagine our surprise and delight when an eagle eyed modernist sighted one earlier this year hiding in plain sight on our own university campus!!!

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Posted by Benjamin M. Tue, September 20, 2016 16:19:28

I love it and despite the fact that I do not understand the modern art too much (nor do I like it) this kiosk is an inspiration to many household objects. I have seen fridges and other appliances created in the imagine of this. And that is awesome! Ben