Armadillo Tea Pavilion/ Ron Arad/ 2016

Ron Arad’s Armadillo Tea Pavilion presented by Revolution Precrafted Properties

The Armadillo Tea Pavilion is designed as an independent shell structure, for use indoors and outdoors. It provides an intimate enclosure, shelter or place of reflection within a garden, landscape, or large internal space. In its basic configuration, the Pavilion comprises five molded shells, each made of repeatable, modular components, which are mechanically fixed together with exposed fixings and stiffening brackets.

The modularity of components provides freedom to configure the tea canopy to suit a number of arrangements, which can be expanded when using additional shells. Be it an informal garden enclosure, playroom, pavilion, or place of reflection, the canopy is designed to be structurally independent, and can be installed as a freestanding element, with the possibility of additional anchoring where desired (e.g. for outdoor use). The shells are made using a set range of finishes, depending on their intended use, from durable PVDF-coated timber composite for outdoor use, to oiled hardwood-veneered plywood for internal use.

All shell fixings, foot brackets, structural stiffeners, and other fixings are made in hand-patinated brass and bronze.