K6 TELEPHONE KIOSK

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1396196
Date first listed:
12-Nov-2010
Statutory Address:
K6 TELEPHONE KIOSK, SOUTH MOLTON STREET

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Location

Statutory Address:
K6 TELEPHONE KIOSK, SOUTH MOLTON STREET

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:
Greater London Authority
District:
City of Westminster (London Borough)
National Grid Reference:
TQ 28706 80979

Reasons for Designation

The K6 telephone kiosk at the southern end of South Molton Street is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons: * the kiosk has a strong visual relationship with three listed buildings on Brook Street, namely Nos 37, Nos 41-43 and No 22 Avery Row, and a listed bollard; * Giles Gilbert Scott's design has special interest for its artistry and functionality as well its iconic status as a milestone of C20 industrial design.

Details



1900/0/10464 SOUTH MOLTON STREET 12-NOV-10 K6 telephone kiosk

GV II K6 telephone kiosk.

DESCRIPTION: The K6 is a standardised design made of cast iron, painted red overall with long horizontal glazing in door and sides and with the crowns situated on the top panels being applied not perforated. There are rectangular white display signs, reading TELEPHONE beneath the shallow curved roof. It has modernised internal equipment.

This kiosk is located at the junction of South Molton Street and Brook Street in Mayfair. It is in a strong visual relationship with three listed buildings on Brook Street, namely Nos 37, Nos 41-43 and No 22 Avery Row. There is also a listed bollard nearby.

HISTORY: The K6 telephone kiosk is a milestone of C20 industrial design. The K6 was designed by Giles Gilbert Scott in 1935 for the General Post Office, on the occasion of King George V's Silver Jubilee. The K6 was a development from his earlier highly successful K2 telephone kiosk design of 1924, of Neo-classical inspiration. The K6 was more streamlined aesthetically, more compact and more cost-effective to mass produce. Giles Gilbert Scott (1880-1960) was one of the most important of modern British architects; his many celebrated commissions include the Anglican cathedral of Liverpool and Battersea power station. The K2 and K6 telephone kiosks can be said to represent a very thoughtful adaptation of architectural tradition to contemporary technological requirements. Well over 70,000 K6s were eventually produced. In the 1960s many were replaced with far plainer kiosk types. But many still remain, and continue to be an iconic feature on Britain's streetscapes.

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION: The K6 telephone kiosk at the southern end of South Molton Street is listed for the following principal reasons: * the kiosk has a strong visual relationship with three listed buildings on Brook Street, namely Nos 37, Nos 41-43 and No 22 Avery Row, and a listed bollard; * Giles Gilbert Scott's design has special interest for its artistry and functionality as well its iconic status as a milestone of C20 industrial design.

Legacy

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Legacy System number:
507713
Legacy System:
LBS

Legal

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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