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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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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