How might you get people to visit acres of wilderness that was once a quarry mine? Well, if you build it, and they will come. At least, that's the aim of this series of futuristic cabins, dubbed "kudhva" (Cornish for "hideout") which were designed by firm New British Design.
Seen over at Designboom, the cabins are part of a master plan to rehabilitate this property in a remote part of southwestern England. New British Design founder Ben Huggins collaborated with designer Louise Middleton, who bought the property a couple of years ago, to create elevated structures with a unique character which allow visitors to get a lofty view of the beautiful landscape.
For as long as I can remember, the fascination with an elevated aspect has drawn me to certain objects from diving boards to the umpire’s chair. The familiar unfamiliarity of seeing an everyday scene or object from a strange position is the genesis of making it interesting again. Much of the spring of 2016 was taken up traversing the site with a tall stepladder in an effort to find a view through and above the trees.
The cabins were prefabricated off-site, then transported and erected on site. Made out of slatted larch, insulated pine panels with an EPDM rubber membrane covering, glass and galvanized steel, the interiors present a simple but geometrically intriguing atmosphere.
The cabins, along with six tree tents, can be rented by the public, are intended as an opportunity for getting close to nature, to enjoy the site's quarry cave and waterfall; it's simple glamping with a bit of extra comfort. There are communal showers, and a bar, and an eclectic array of events and activities in the works, from an architecture summer school, to surfing and foraging. To find out more, visit Kudhva.