WALES – A series of pop-up hotels has appeared in the Welsh countryside following a competition by Epic Retreats to celebrate ‘The Welsh Year of Legends’. Amongst the successful candidates, London and West Midlands-based firm Miller Kendrick’s has presented Arthur’s Cave as a reinterpretation of a famous Welsh legend.
‘The story says that King Arthur stayed one night in a cave but after he left it could never be found again,’ describes founding partner Paul Miller. ‘This seemed to fit nicely with the idea of a unique hotel that would only exist for a short period of time in one location before moving on. We also liked the idea of the cave as an archetypal landscape feature – something that would fit comfortably into different Welsh landscapes.’
The cabin took four weeks to build – in collaboration with specialists EJ Ryder Ltd – before it was moved to its first location in Southern Snowdonia, where it will stay until the end of June. The micro-hotel will be then be transported 30 km west to Llŷn Peninsula where it will remain until the end of the summer.
The interior aesthetic is based on a single material (CNC-cut birch plywood) which provides both the primary and secondary ribbed structure, mimicking the topography of an atypical cave and creating a uniformed appearance throughout. Sheep’s wool insulates the cavity between the curves of the interior and the external black-stained larch-board cladding. In connection with the project brief, local materials have been used as much as possible.
Despite its modest size – the brief required the cabins to be moveable on a chassis of 2.7 m by 5.7 m, with a maximum height of 3.4 m – the project does feature the necessary amenities for a good night’s rest out in the open landscape: a double bed; a shower with hot and cold water; a small log burner in the living area; and a self-composting WC. The tiny accommodation will welcome up to 200 guests over the summer season and is bookable via Epic Retreats – you might just want to bring your own kettle for a cup of tea in the morning.