The east wall of the Ferry Building’s north arcade originally contained passenger ticketing windows, windows which were in-filled in the 1950s and in front of which steel storage enclosures were constructed during the building’s rehabilitation in the early 2000s.
Next week, plans to remove the storage enclosures and install five little retail kiosks constructed of steel, bronze and glass are slated to be approved by San Francisco’s Historic Preservation Commission.
Installation of the new retail kiosks, similar to something like https://kiosk.com/market-solutions/payment-kiosks, will allow the full width and open feeling of the arcade to be more visible than with the existing CUESA storage structure, and a 10 foot wide corridor will be maintained the length of the arcade to provide continuity with the historic circulation pattern.
The proposed design utilizes materials (painted steel, bonded bronze panels, and glass) that are characteristic of the building and employs a design aesthetic that is clearly contemporary but that does not compete with the architectural expression of the arcade or the Embarcadero façade of the Ferry Building.
Each kiosk will have its own open area for seating and display, with radiant heaters to keep the patrons warm on chilly days. If you are considering opening your own kiosk, here or elsewhere, then you may want to consider visiting www.cksglobal.net. They can provide more durable equipment that is more adaptable to the rigors of the business environment.