Arthur’s Cave Pop-up Hotel Cabin at Castell y Bere, Wales

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Arthur’s Cave Pop-up Hotel Cabin at Castell y Bere

New Architecture Design in North Wales – design by Miller Kendrick Architects

22 May 2017

Arthur’s Cave Pop-up Hotel Cabin at Castell y Bere in North West Wales

Design: Miller Kendrick Architects

Location: Gwynedd, North Wales, United Kingdom

Arthur’s Cave Pop-up Hotel Cabin at Castell y Bere, Wales

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Miller Kendrick have completed the build of their competition winning entry for a of ‘pop-up hotel’ cabin located at Castell y Bere, Wales.

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Arthur’s Cave Pop-up Hotel Cabin at Castell y Bere | www.e-architect.co.uk

The cabin, known as ‘Arthur’s Cave’, was one of eight winning entries for the Epic Retreats – a partnership between holiday cottage firm Best of Wales, tour operator Cambria Tours and George & Tomos Architects. The project was part funded by the Welsh Government’s Tourism Product Innovation Fund.

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The cabin will be featured as part of Channel 4’s ‘Cabins in the Wild with Dick Strawbridge’ documentary series, with the first of four episodes due to air on Sunday 21st May.

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The design takes its inspiration from the ancient landscape of Wales but utilises modern construction techniques. The structure is a combination of CNC-cut birch plywood ribs and sheathing panels, which act together to form a composite structure.

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The structural ribs are comprised of either three or five individual sections of plywood, tightly fitted together using ‘jigsaw’ joints with a high degree of tolerance.

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As a single internal material, the plywood provides both structure, finish, fixtures and fittings – including a plywood sink and bath. The faceted envelope is clad in locally-sourced Welsh larch boards stained black, with sheep’s wool insulation part-filling the cavity.

Pop-up Hotel Cabin at Castell y Bere in Wales

Wherever possible the project has sought to use locally sourced materials. The sheep’s wool insulation is from Ty-Mwar. The green larch cladding is from Esgair Forest who’s saw mill is adjacent to the site in neighbouring village of Machynlleth.

Pop-up Hotel Cabin at Castell y Bere in Wales

Pop-up Hotel Cabin at Castell y Bere in Wales

The cabin is heated via a small log burner, has hot and cold water, LED lighting powered via photovoltaics and a self composting WC.

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The construction of the cabin took four weeks to complete; it was managed and built by EJ Ryder Ltd. and the Burford Farm Project.

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The structural engineers were Momentum Engineering, London, and the cost consultant was PMP Consultants, Birmingham.

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Miller Kendrick Architects Ltd. is a new architectural practice based in London and the West Midlands. It was established in 2015 by Paul Miller and Michael Kendrick to explore innovative ways of working in architecture and to research new methods of construction.

Pop-up Hotel Cabin at Castell y Bere in Wales

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