This nature-inspired mobile gazebo is a place where both kids and adults can play. Czech designers Atelier SAD designed the structure, named “Altán Šiška,” as a small building with pinecone-like scales that facilitate natural ventilation and double as drawing boards for kids to express their artistic sides.

campfire inside the gazebo

image of outside of the gazebo

The building was crafted from 109 waterproof scales made of plywood. The boards are coated with a glaze to make them more durable. They are joined by galvanized joints, creating a structure that is strong and sustainable. The structure’s scales are deliberately spaced for ventilation. The gazebo is perfect for taking a classroom outdoors, practicing yoga or enjoying a campfire.

gazebo lit up at night from the campfire

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“It is on the cutting edge of architecture and design, and can even serve as a meditation space,” said designer and owner of Altán Šiška, David Karásek.

“During the design process, we were aiming to smash boundaries and move forward. The Pinecone project was a big challenge for us because it was more than just a one-dimensional product,” the designers said. The building can be placed anywhere — from a backyard, to a park, to school campuses — in one day.

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Via Archdaily

image from ground looking up at the gazebo

group of friends gathered around a campfire inside the pinecone-like structure

kids using chalk to draw on gazebo

person napping in hammock inside the gazebo

close-up image of the plywood scales

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