Drawing inspiration from an old Welsh fable, Miller Kendrick Architects has created a tiny cabin that's fit for a king. Dubbed "Arthur's Cave," the dwelling was designed in honor of the cave where the legendary King Arthur supposedly took shelter alongside his knights.
Located in Castell y Bere, Wales, the cabin is one of eight winning entries for Epic Retreats' "Pop-Up Hotel." The 12.2-sq m (131.3-sq ft) shelter was built with 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 with a high degree of tolerance," says Miller Kendrick Architects.
The interior has been kept basic, featuring minimal furnishings such as a single armchair, rug, lamp, a combustion wood fire and solar-powered LED lighting. A cosy double bed is locate at the rear of the building and the bathroom facilities include a shower, basin and compost toilet. A floor-to-ceiling glass door allows occupants to enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscape, and natural birch plywood finish is featured throughout the interior of the cabin.
The exterior is clad with locally sourced black-stained Welsh wooden panels and sheep's wool was used to insulate the cabin. Construction time on the cabin was four weeks, with a final cost coming in at £11,000 (approx. US$14,130).
Less than 200 bookings are available for the upcoming season, meaning only a handful of lucky travellers will get the opportunity to spend the night in the cabin. It will be available for bookings from 5-30 June in Southern Snowdonia, followed by 10 July - 11 Sept 2017 in Llŷn Peninsula. Three-night packages start from £795 (US$1,020) per couple.
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