miller kendrick architects embodies welsh folklore in its ‘arthur’s cave’ compact cabin
 

miller kendrick architects embodies welsh folklore in its ‘arthur’s cave’ compact cabin

winners of the ‘epic retreats’ competition in wales, miller kendrick architects completes its latest compact pop-up cabin, ‘arthur’s cave’ near castell y bere. ‘arthur’s cave’ embodies welsh mythology and folklore, reflecting king arthur’s legend who is said to have taken refuge in a cave with his knights. this compact cabin is the ideal getaway for city-dwellers looking for a tranquil experience in the welsh countryside.

miller kendrick architects embodies welsh folklore in its ‘arthur’s cave’ compact cabin
the cabin site at the foot of castell y bere north of wales
all images © miller kendrick 2017

 

 

subtly settled in the lush welsh landscape, miller kendrick architects uses a combination of CNC-cut birch plywood ribs and sheathing panels — the structural ribs are comprised of either three or five individual sections of plywood, tightly fitted together using ‘jigsaw’ joints. the faceted envelope is clad in black-stained, locally-sourced welsh larch boards using sheep’s wool to insulate the inner cavity. additionally, the cabin uses photovoltaic-powered LED lighting, is heated via a small cabin log burner, and features a self-composting WC.

miller kendrick architects embodies welsh folklore in its ‘arthur’s cave’ compact cabin
mythology and folklore were the theme of the ‘epic retreat’ competition held by the welsh government

miller kendrick architects embodies welsh folklore in its ‘arthur’s cave’ compact cabin
the cabin is a reflection of the green landscape surrounding it

miller kendrick architects embodies welsh folklore in its ‘arthur’s cave’ compact cabin
‘arthur’s cave’ at sunset 

miller kendrick architects embodies welsh folklore in its ‘arthur’s cave’ compact cabin
LED tape lights powered by photovoltaics are concealed between the plywood ribs

miller kendrick architects embodies welsh folklore in its ‘arthur’s cave’ compact cabin
birch faced plywood is used as main structure, secondary structure, nishes, sink and shower

miller kendrick architects embodies welsh folklore in its ‘arthur’s cave’ compact cabin
‘arthur’s cave’ is the ideal getaway for city-dwellers

miller kendrick architects embodies welsh folklore in its ‘arthur’s cave’ compact cabin
sample panel showing sheep’s wool insulation by ty-mwar, green sawn larch stained black and birch faced plywood

miller kendrick architects embodies welsh folklore in its ‘arthur’s cave’ compact cabin
the cabin in the process of being built 

miller kendrick architects embodies welsh folklore in its ‘arthur’s cave’ compact cabin
early test models showing the CNC cut plywood ribs and cladding panels

miller kendrick architects embodies welsh folklore in its ‘arthur’s cave’ compact cabin
preliminary sketches of the project

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