We've seen the temporary 'pop-up' concept applied to waste-free restaurants, shops, and of course, hotels -- which allow travellers to ditch the usual sleeping bag and tent for something a little more comfortable, usually in a unique destination (think boats, shipping containers and prefab pods in out-of-the-way places).
This pop-up cabin in the Welsh countryside was recently completed by London-based firm Miller Kendrick Architects as part of Wales’s Year of Legends festival, which invited designers from around the world to construct several pop-up mini-hotels as part of an initiative boosting tourism in Wales. Located at Castell y Bere, Miller Kendrick's winning entry is named "Arthur's Cave," and draws its inspiration from local Welsh folklore, particularly in reference to the legend of King Arthur, who supposedly took refuge in a cave with his knights.
The cabin is decidedly cave-like: upon entering is the small sitting area, then one walks past the small bathroom into the sleeping 'den' at the back. The cabin uses CNC-cut birch plywood for its undulating rib structure and sheathing. Each rib section consists of several smaller pieces that are connected together using jigsaw joints. For heating, the cabin uses a small woodstove, and is equipped with hot and cold running water, LED lighting powered by solar panels and a composting toilet.
Besides finding local inspiration for the concept, the designers also strove to find local sources for the cabin's materials: dark-stained larch boards from Esgair Forest and milled in Machynlleth for the exterior, and sheep's wool insulation from Ty-Mwar.
Arthur's Cave will be one of eight unique pop-up hotels that will be opening up this summer, each offering a one-of-a-kind glamping experience. For more information, you can visit Epic Retreats and Miller Kendrick Architects.