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Case Study: Cabins in the Wild


Earlier this year Channel 4 aired a series called Cabins in the Wild. Engineer Dick Strawbridge and master craftsman Will Hardie follow a competition to build a pop up hotel made up of eight stunning and unique cabins in the wild.

With many design build programmes on the television this one took a different angle in basically testing eight teams to created a luxurious mobile pop up hotel out of the dimension of a cabin. When finished they will be located within the Snowdonia National Park for the public to enjoy.

The series charts the build of these cabins and follows eight teams from across the UK who have been part of a tender competition to design unique cabins themed on the mythology, tradition and beauty of Wales. There is no cash prize, just the prestige of winning the title. The eight structures will form Wales’s first luxury pop-up glamping hotel. At key stages of the builds, Will and Dick visit each of the eight cabins.

Arthur’s Cave is one of eight cabins featured. This design is inspired by the legend of King Arthur and a cave where he and his knights slept while travelling – it is said it could be discovered once, but never again. Using innovative modern construction techniques and incorporating many Welsh building materials, the CNC birch plywood rib structure interlocks using complex jigsaw puzzle joints laser cut and larch cladding.

Locally sourced sheep’s wool insulation will be placed within the panels to provide a high level of thermal insulation and the build benefits from a full width window to offer panoramic views of the ancient Welsh landscape at Cadair Idris.

Designed by Miller Kendrick Architects, EJ Ryder worked with them collaboratively from the outset to design in efficiencies and build-ability at the early stages. The project was completed within 4 weeks between 3 locations, East London, Somerset and Snowdonia National Park with the help of The Burford Farm Project. Photography by Paul Miller.

LED Illuminations were approached by EJ Ryder whom they had previously supplied LED lighting to and asked if they would sponsor the LED lighting for Arthur’s cave. As the pod was to run off-grid the power consumption of the LED lighting was important. We specified our standard 60LED/m ribbon in warm white (3000K) along with a surface aluminium extrusion.