Konstantin Grcic – who is best known for designing furniture such as the Parrish and Medici collections – was commissioned by Audi to create an architectural structure based on one of the automotive brand's latest models.
The designer responded with a polygonal structure, where tailgate doors from the new Audi TT coupe become entrances that fold upwards to welcome visitors inside.
"For me, the Audi TT is a car that you drive from the city out into the countryside. I respond to this experience with a pavilion concept that stands as a point of destination at a remote site," said Grcic.
The TT Pavilion was designed as a free-standing object that can be built in a factory and installed anywhere. It is raised off the ground on steel pylons, allowing it to adapt to any terrain.
Grcic cites the prefabricated houses of French architect Jean Prouvé as inspiration, including the 1945 Maison Démontable 8x8 presented at Design Miami last December.
"Cars are industrially produced, mobile pieces of architecture," said Grcic. "They not only offer protection but also are perfectly equipped functional spaces for working, communicating, eating and relaxing."
The pavilion is on show for Design Miami/Basel 2014 from today until 22 June.
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