The Armadillo Tea Pavilion takes its name from the mammal whose body it resembles. The Armadillo Tea Pavilion takes its name from the mammal whose body it resembles. The Armadillo Tea Pavilion takes its name from the mammal whose body it resembles. (Photo: Revolution Precrafted)

Tea pavilion's design will blow your mind

Star designer Ron Arad is behind this unique structure modeled after an armadillo.

It's billed as a first-of-its-kind structure, which comes as no surprise considering that the Armadillo Tea Pavilion takes as its inspiration – you got it! – an armadillo.

The pavilion boasts nearly 200 square feet of interior space.The pavilion boasts nearly 200 square feet of interior space. (Photo: Revolution Precrafted)

A creation of Israeli industrial designer and architect Ron Arad, the pavilion was made for Revolution Precrafted, a company that offers limited edition, prefabricated homes and pavilions designed by some of the world’s most famous architects and designers.

Ron Arad has developed a global reputation for innovative and groundbreaking design.Ron Arad has developed a global reputation for innovative and groundbreaking design. (Photo: Revolution Precrafted)

Designed as an independent shell structure, for use indoors and outdoors, The Armadillio Tea Pavilion is billed as "an intimate enclosure, shelter or place of reflection within a garden, landscape or large internal space."

The pavilion was created for Revolution Precrafted, a company that offers limited edition, prefabricated homes and pavilions designed by some of the world’s preeminent architects and designers.The pavilion was created for Revolution Precrafted, a company that offers limited edition structures. (Photo: Revolution Precrafted)

In its basic configuration, the Pavilion comprises five moulded shells, each made of repeatable, modular components which are mechanically-fixed together with exposed fixings and stiffening brackets made of hand- patinated brass and bronze. The canopy can be expanded when using additional shells.

In its basic configuration, the Pavilion comprises 5 moulded shells.In its basic configuration, the Pavilion comprises five moulded shells. (Photo: Revolution Precrafted)

The shells themselves vary in composition depending on the intended use of the pavilion. For outdoor use durable PVDF-coated timber composite is utilized, while oiled hardwood-veneered plywood is the material of choice for indoor use.

The pavilion shells are made from durable PVDF-coated timber composite for outdoor use or oiled hardwood-veneered plywood for internal use.The pavilion shells are made for both outdoor and indoor use. (Photo: Revolution Precrafted)

Arad, the brains behind Oprah Winfrey's favorite pair of eyeglass frames, first gained global attention in the 1980s for his iconic and still popular Rover Chair. Since then, he's undertaken other high-profile projects such as the Design Museum in Holon, Israel, and is even designing a 3D-printed book about Albert Einstein.

Today he and his firm, Ron Arad Architects, are based in London where he was formerly the Head of the Design Products Department at the Royal College of Art.

Here he is giving some more insight into the design of the Armadillo Tea Pavilion:

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Tea pavilion's design will blow your mind
Star designer Ron Arad is behind this unique structure modeled after an armadillo.