Ron Arad and Kengo Kuma pavilions test new ways of living within landscape

18 April 2016
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Ron Arad: Armadillo Tea Canopy for Revolution Pavilions

Architectural installations by Ron Arad, Jean Prouvé and Kengo Kuma will form part of this year’s Design at Large series at Design Miami Basel, exploring new ways of living within landscape. The series of pop-up structures will be curated by Cabana Magazine’s Martina Mondadori, and aim to demonstrate inventive approaches to architectural design for the outdoors.

Ron Arad Armadillo Tea Canopy is a free-standing structure comprising five overlapping timber shells, designed to blend with natural surroundings and provide an intimate enclosure within a garden. The pavilion was originally made for Revolution Precrafted Properties in 2015 and presented at the festival’s US show, Design Miami.

Jean Prouvé’s Temporary School of Villejuif was originally made in 1957 as part of a commission to design a lightweight, easily dismantled and rebuilt school for the inner Paris suburbs. This is presented by Galerie Patrick Seguin.

Kengo Kuma will present a brand new pavilion with Galerie Philippe Gravier, called Owan, made from interweaving metal strands with an inner membrane. The architect previously showed two other structures at Design Miami in December, including the Oribe Tea House (pictured).

The Design at Large programme will also show pop-up gardens and prototypes for urban farms. Design Miami Basel opens 14-19 June in Basel, Switzerland.


Jean Prouvé: Temporary School of Villejuif, presented by Galerie Patrick Seguin


Kengo Kuma: Oribe Tea House for Galerie Philippe Gravier

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